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Batavia High principal named superintendent



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Updated: December 19, 2012 11:52AM

BATAVIA — The principal of Batavia High School will be the next superintendent in the Batavia School District.

The School Board Tuesday approved hiring Lisa Hichens as the next superintendent, succeeding Superintendent Jack Barshinger, who will retire at the end of the school year.

Hichens has served as the principal of Batavia High School since 2009.

She first joined the district in 1994 as a math teacher at Batavia High School. She also served as assistant principal of teaching and learning from 2005 to 2009.

“Over the years, Dr. Hichens has established herself as an exceptional educator and administrator and has garnered the respect and admiration of colleagues, students, parents and the community,” said board member Cathy Dremel.

Hichens will officially begin her role as superintendent on July 1, when Barshinger retires from the leadership post he has held for the past seven years. Transition planning with Barshinger will begin early next week and will continue through June 2013, school officials said.

Hichens’ promotion to superintendent will leave a vacancy for the principal’s position at Batavia High. The position, along with the director of human resources and assistant director of curriculum and instruction, is expected to be filled by March 2013.

Hichens earned her Ed.D. in leadership in curriculum and instruction from Aurora University, where she also earned her superintendent’s endorsement. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership and her general administrative certificate from Northern Illinois University and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Hichens lives in Naperville with her husband Mathew and their children, Emma and Owen.

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