Belvidere School District Names New Superintendent

BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- The Belvidere School District has been without a permanent Superintendent since before the start of the school year.

After months of surveys, focus groups, and interviews by the Board of Education and an advisory group consisting of administrators, staff, community leaders, parents, and students, the Board will vote on Monday, January 11 to approve a contract naming Dr. Daniel Woestman as its next leader.

“Dr. Woestman stood out among a group of well-qualified candidates interviewed by the Board of Education. We were impressed with his enthusiasm and vision for our students and are excited about the future of Belvidere Schools.” -- Robert Torbert, School Board President

Dr. Woestman has worked in the region as an English teacher as well as a building-level and district-level administrator in the Hononegah and Rockford school districts. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, his master’s from the University of Cincinnati, and his doctorate from Northern Illinois University.

“Working in neighboring districts for the past ten years has allowed me to get to know not only the Belvidere schools, but the wonderful people in the community. I’m excited to continue those relationships and the tradition of the Belvidere School District as being a great place to work and learn.” -- Dr. Daniel Woestman

The Board will offer Dr. Woestman a 3-year contract with a beginning salary of $175,000.

A public reception welcoming Dr. Woestman to the district will be held Tuesday, February 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center located inside Belvidere High School, 1500 East Avenue, Belvidere.