The principal of 8 Points Charter is stepping down at the end of the month.
Josh Slaughterback, who is an Illinois college graduate, says this was a “bittersweet decision” and one that was heavily discussed with his family.
“A lot of people are learning at the same time and so we are working hard to get transitional plans in place,” says Slaughterback.
“I’m truly excited for what’s to come. The board has made some great decisions so far to move the school upwards and onwards.”
Slaughterback says his decision had nothing to do with the fact that District 117 is scheduled to review the performance of 8 Points Charter this month.
“Coincidentally it falls at this time, but this is actually disconnected,” says Slaughterback.
“For anybody who was here in the beginning, there is a lot involved. I’ve been through it once, so going through it again in the renewal process is not something that would drive myself in this situation.”
After several meetings with District 117, Slaughterback says discussions have centered on the overall evaluation of 8 Points and what a renewal of the charter would look like. Slaughterback says no official action can be taken until May.
Looking to the future, Slaughterback is excited to start a new career as an organizational development consultant at Memorial Health Systems.
“So I’ll be working with individuals in leadership positions to conduct trainings and serve as a coach,” says Slaughterback.
“There are a lot of things I am doing currently and have been doing over the last four years that will be transitioning over to working with adults. This will be a smooth transition going forward.”
8 Points Charter has approved Bridget English to serve as interim school leader for the rest of the year. More detail will be announced during the next board meeting on Wednesday.