East High Principal Michael Hernandez to take task overseeing Madison’s high faculties

East High School Principal Michael Hernandez is ready to depart the college after 4 years for an administrative position within the Madison School District overseeing its excessive schools.

Hernandez will take over the leader of excessive colleges task in the Downtown management constructing from Alex Fralin, who has held the position for six years. The job involves overseeing the district’s four primary high schools, opportunity high colleges, packages to re-engage college students who might be in risk of now not graduating, and excessive college athletics.

“I have genuinely cherished running intently with college students. Our relationships and day by day interactions kept me energized, hopeful, and excited about our future,” the 46-yr-vintage Hernandez stated in an electronic mail to families Wednesday. “I am excited about the new demanding situations, and sit up for operating with body of workers across the city.”

Fralin’s departure from the Doyle Administration Building is certainly one of two pinnacle posts being filled by means of Madison principals. Nancy Hanks, the district’s chief of essential colleges, is leaving the district as properly.

It changed into introduced in advance this summer that Carlettra Stanford, fundamental at Mendota Elementary School on the North Side for nine years, will take over the elementary faculty administrative function.

Stanford, who’s the daughter of kingdom Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, became in rate of Mendota because it have become one of the first two primary schools in the district to put into effect a “network faculty” version in 2016.

Hernandez and Stanford start their respective roles Aug. 1.

Before going to East, Hernandez become fundamental at Sherman Middle School for 8 years. His wife, Melissa, teaches 1/3 grade at Elvehjem Elementary School.

Hernandez stated in the e mail an period in-between main for East High is expected to be announced within the coming days.

Originally from Ohio, Hernandez was slowed early on via a speech impediment and reading-associated studying incapacity. But through excessive college, he become president of his school’s National Honor Society. He now holds three master’s degrees and is persevering with to work on a doctorate.

He taught in Ohio and California before getting his first principal process in California after which within the Chicago vicinity. Hernandez and his family moved to Madison in 2007.

At East, Hernandez said he took a laid-again approach to enticing with students, including volunteering for a lunch-hour dunk tank at some stage in finals this year.

“I didn’t thoughts setting myself out there,” Hernandez said in an interview. “I’m not a person who walks around with a tie. I don’t lead with a tie.”

Both Fralin and Hanks started out running for the faculty district in 2013. They were among a contingent of educators from Chicago that Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham added on when she turned into employed.

Their departures correspond with Cheatham leaving the district at the quit of summer time for a faculty function at Harvard University.

In a departure message in advance this summer to valuable workplace group of workers, Hanks stated she’ll paintings as a consultant, splitting her time between Chicago and Atlanta.

“I’m past grateful for the possibility that I’ve had to serve along such an amazing institution of leaders,” Hanks said in her message. “Working with you had brought a lot expertise, expertise, and value to my leadership practice and to my lifestyles.”

Fralin, in his message to workforce, said he is moving returned to Chicago to elevate his daughter.

“The choice changed into no longer clean due to my deep feel of loyalty to our district’s middle values and goals, particularly in advancing Black Excellence,” he stated.

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