New D86 leader reported for duty this week

Michael Lach became the new superintendent in Hinsdale High School District 86 on Monday.

“It was great,” he said of his first official day on the job. “There’s a lot to do. I’m looking at my computer right now wanting to tell you how many emails I’ve received. It’s been busy.”

Lach spent 35 days working in District 86 prior to this week and already had received emails on a variety of topics.

“It got serious on Monday,” he said. “I’ve been trying to spend my time observing, listening, talking to people, trying to figure out where we’re going to go, how we’re going to include everybody, tapping into all the passion people have here, build trust. That’s what it’s all about.”

The board hired Lach in January as a permanent replacement for Tammy Prentiss, who has been on paid administrative leave. His three-year contract has a starting base salary of $255,000. He spent the past five years as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for Township High School District 113.

“I’m excited to be here and looking forward to digging in,” he said.