July 7, 2014

Brooklyn District 188 welcomes new leader

Brooklyn Unit School District 188 has a new superintendent. Henrietta Young is the new leader of the 160-student district.

Young, 61, was most recently the principal of East Elementary School in Alton Community Unit District 11, a position she held for seven years.

In all, she worked 17 years for Alton District 11 in various capacities, including the district's truancy coordinator, middle school principal and assistant principal.

Young said she's excited to lead a school district. Her primary goal is to improve instructional achievement as well as the learning environment.

"It's a goal that I've had for years to be in a leadership position where I would have more of a direct influence on improvement of instruction," she said.

The Chicago native took over the reins of District 188 on July 1 from former superintendent Raelynn Parks. Young will also serve as principal of Lovejoy Elementary, Lovejoy Middle and Lovejoy Technology Academy.

She has a bachelor's degree in English education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a master's degree in educational leadership from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a doctorate of education from St. Louis University.

Young lives in Belleville and has two adult children.

In other metro-east school district leadership news:

* Waterloo Community Unit School District 5 has a new superintendent, Brian Charron, who took over July 1.

* O'Fallon District 90 school board will decide how to move forward with selecting a new superintendent at a school board meeting Tuesday night. Current Superintendent Todd Koehl has resigned. His last day is July 11.

* Edwardsville School District 7 has announced Lynda Andre as successor to Superintendent Ed Hightower when he retires at the end of next school year.

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