D181 staffers take jobs in other districts

Community Consolidated Elemen-tary District 181 announced last week that two of its administrators are moving on to other opportunities.

John Munch, assistant superintendent of human resources for the past seven years, has accepted the superintendent position at LaGrange Highlands Elementary District 106.

At Monday’s school board meeting, board member Meeta Patel expressed her thanks for Munch’s service, particularly through seasons of staff turnover.

“He’s been tremendous part of the district through all of the changes,” Patel said. “He’s been instrumental in maintaining relationships with teaching staff (and) non-certified staff and has really been a great part of the team.”

Following the meeting, Munch said he hadn’t been actively seeking a new post but thought it was the right opportunity to assume the role of top administrator. He admitted leaving is bittersweet.

“I have people here that I’ve gotten to know and worked closely with for seven years, and there’s a fantastic group of people here.” Munch said.

Kim Rutan, Madison School’s principal for the last six years, will become a principal in Naperville School District 103.

“This was not an easy decision for me as it has been my true privilege to be Madison’s principal,” Rutan said in a statement. “This past year, in particular, has truly shown me the strength, resilience and dedication of District 181. I saw students, teachers, and parents come together to learn and grow and am in constant awe of the support and dedication of our community.”

Superintendent Hector Garcia said the departures testify to the caliber of the district’s staff.

“We wish both John and Kim the very best in this next step in their careers,” Garcia said. “As we continue to post outstanding numbers and show a pattern of success in our district, our administrators will be coveted by many school districts.”

Munch and Rutan will continue with the district through June, and officials say the search process for their replacements is underway.