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Fulton principal heading to regional office

Board will vote this week on promoting assistant principal to take over for Tennyson

FULTON – Fulton High School’s principal will start a new job in July, but his focus will remain the same: making sure students are successful.

After 5 years as Fulton High School’s principal, Tennyson, 48, will become the assistant regional superintendent at Lee-Ogle-Whiteside Regional Office of Education on July 1.

Tennyson, who’s also a former Dixon High School assistant principal, will take over Janet Kacvinsky’s post when she retires.

Kacvinsky, 66, of Rochelle, said she plans to come back part time as the principal at the ROE’s Nachusa Campus School.

The site offers alternative placements for children in Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ drug and alcohol treatment program at the campus, a bus-in program for children with social and emotional issues across the three counties, and a regional safe school program for Lee County students who’ve been expelled or are at risk of expulsion.

Tennyson’s new duties will include helping schools find qualified personnel, helping with staff licensing and professional development, and making sure school buildings are safe.

“I’ve gotten to know [Regional Superintendent] Bob Sondgeroth. He asked me to come over. It’s very important to me that all the schools in the three counties receive all the assistance they can,” Tennyson said.

Tennyson is proudest of how the River Bend district has grown.

“We put a big focus on increasing dual credit opportunities, giving students with every opportunity to graduate from high school with one to three college classes completed,” he said.

Tennyson also has served as the state director of the northwest region of the Illinois Principals Association for 3 years. He and his wife, Angie, live in Morrison, and Tennyson has three stepsons.

The River Bend School Board is set to vote Tuesday on whether current FHS assistant principal and athletic director Bob Gosch, 29, will become the new principal when Tennyson moves on.

A Dixon native with a science background, Gosch became the assistant principal in August. He and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Evelyn, 3.

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