Byron Holds Open Houses to Welcome New Superintendent

BYRON (WIFR) -- Two Open Houses will be held in October to allow Byron-area community members to meet with recently hired Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Hammack and his wife, Susan.

The open houses will be held on Wednesday Oct. 17 and Thursday Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Byron High School Lower Commons. The open houses are scheduled to coincide with District-wide parent-teacher conferences.

At both events, information will be available for public review regarding District accomplishments of the last two years, and goals for the future for the superintendent and for other District administrators.

“Dr. Hammack has already been very involved in the community,” Board Member Carol Nauman said. “He attends events, and he has spoken to numerous community groups. These open houses are an extension of his desire to connect with the members of the Byron community and to provide information about District programs, practices, and services aimed at improving student learning and District operations. Dr. Hammack has noted that it is his “great honor and privilege” to lead the Byron Community Unit School District No. 226.

Dr. Hammack was hired in March of 2012 and began work over the summer. Since his arrival, Dr. Hammack has established areas of focus for a five-year District-wide strategic plan including the implementation of a model for principal evaluation and a review of district staffing needs based on enrollment, programs, and services. Also, he has familiarized himself with the relationship between the District and Exelon Nuclear and has prepared for his role as a member of the Ogle County Inter-Governmental Agency Board. In addition, Dr. Hammack has analyzed student achievement at all levels and has made preliminary recommendations to the Board for improving student learning and assessment outcomes through the implementation of District-wide work by teachers and administrators concerning the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

“The Board is very pleased with the amount of ground Dr. Hammack has covered in such a short period of time,” Nauman said. “He is impressed with our District and with the citizens that comprise the Byron School District. The Board has noted that the faculty, staff and families seem to really like his style of leadership, which is open and collaborative

“Dr. Hammack wants to keep the lines of communication open between the District and the community. We encourage the public to take advantage of these open houses.”

Prior to his arrival in Byron, Dr. Hammack was superintendent of Hinckley/Big Rock Community Unit School District in DeKalb County. Under his leadership, the Hinckley/Big Rock School District demonstrated significant improvements in student learning and moved out of deficit spending and into sound financial standing. Dr. Hammack and his wife have four children.

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