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New superintendent appointed
New superintendent appointed
Faith Behr
Thursday, December 20, 2018

At a meeting Dec. 19, the District 48 Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Jake Chung as the new superintendent of Salt Creek School District 48.

He will begin July 1, 2019 succeeding Dr. John Correll who is retiring after 13 years as superintendent in the District. 

Dr. Chung has served as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Planning in Arlington Heights School District 25. He previously served as the principal of South Middle School, also in District 25, principal of the Hoover Math and Science Academy, and Lincoln Prairie School in Schaumburg School District 54.

Dr. Chung also serves as the Dean’s Advisory Chair for the College of Education at the University of Iowa, was a past board member for the University of Iowa Alumni Association, serves currently as an executive board member on the Midwest Principals’ Center, is the membership chair for the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, and is an active Rotarian. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He received his master’s degree from National–Louis University with an emphasis on educational leadership, received a second master’s degree along with a superintendent’s endorsement from the University of Illinois, and he completed his doctorate through National Louis University. His wife, Kimberly is an early childhood speech-language pathologist for a school district. They reside in Arlington Heights with their two boys who are in fifth and eighth grade. 

“Dr. Chung brings a wealth of experience that will serve our district well,” said Board President Dane Cuny. “Dr. Chung stood out among a group of highly qualified candidates.” Cuny also said that in addition to the Board, Dr. Chung received high marks from the teachers, staff and parent groups who participated in the interview process.

 Dr. Chung said he looks forward to serving the Salt Creek District 48 school community. “It is a tremendous honor to be appointed as the next superintendent. The school district has an amazing reputation and the teachers, staff, students and community members are extremely dedicated to the success of the schools. I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders to positively impact our students.”

 The Illinois Association of School Boards assisted the District 48 Board in the search. Of 58 completed applications, six candidates were interviewed by the Board. The search was narrowed to two semi finalists, who toured the District and schools, met with the current superintendent and met individually with four committees (faculty, support staff, parents, and the administrative team) before meeting again with the Board of Education.

 Cuny, assisted by Board legal counsel, negotiated a three-year contract on behalf of the Board of Education. Dr. Chung will begin with a 100-day transition plan during the second semester of 2018-19 and officially begin his duties July 1, 2019.