- Published: Thursday, October 13, 2016 01:58 PM
GILLESPIE – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was able to get an up-close look at the challenges school principals face when he spent time at Gillespie middle and high schools Tuesday as principal for a day.
During his visit to the schools, Manar toured the buildings, met students and faculty members and spent time with principals Jill Rosentreter and Lori Emmons discussing pending legislation at the Statehouse and learning more about the demands of their jobs.
“The biggest takeaway for me was the difference even a little more state funding could make for these schools,” Manar said. “Both Jill and Lori explained to me some of the things they would like to be able to offer. If they just had a little more support they could do so much more for Gillespie students.”
Manar is an advocate for overhauling Illinois’ nearly 20-year-old school funding formula, which fails to fairly account for the needs of school districts with shrinking property tax bases, higher levels of poverty and students with special learning needs.
The principal for a day program is coordinated by the Illinois Principals Association to offer lawmakers the opportunity to visit schools and administrators in their districts.
October is Principal Appreciation Month. In Illinois this year, Principal Appreciation Week is Oct. 16-22, and Principal Appreciation Day is Oct. 21.