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OHS Veteran Takes over OEHS in Interim

Jan 13, 2015 02:30PM ● By Steven Jack

Craig Watson

A District 308 administrative veteran will provide leadership as interim principal for Oswego East High School (OEHS) during a time of transition.
The Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education approved the hire of former Oswego High School (OHS) Assistant Principal Craig Watson for the position at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 12. Watson will lead OEHS this semester, as the district conducts a search to hire someone permanently for the position.
Superintendent Matthew Wendt spoke of the importance of having someone with Watson’s background in the position.
“Craig Watson served this district with distinction,” Wendt said. “Although he deserved a rewarding retirement, I did not want to lose him as one of our most respected school leaders. I could not be happier with his interest in serving again. OEHS is an outstanding school, and it will be served well with an outstanding interim principal.”
School District 308 will open the position next month with the intent of naming a new principal by March or April for the 2015-16 school year. Watson follows Dr. Todd Martens, who recently resigned from the position for personal reasons.
Watson worked as assistant principal at OHS from August 2006 until June 2013. As assistant principal he worked to recruit staff, observe teaching methods, and direct and coordinate school maintenance services, among other duties and responsibilities.
He served as athletic director at OHS from 1994 until 2006. Before that, he worked as an English teacher from 1992 until 1994.
Watson attended Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill., as well as Illinois State University in Normal. After 18 months of retirement, Watson decided he was not completely done with education.
“I realized how much I missed the comradery,” Watson said. “I think Oswego East is a terrific high school, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to go in and provide some leadership.”
OEHS recently ranked 82 on the Niche list of the top 100 high schools in the area.