January 24, 2012
Dr. Laura Taylor has been appointed Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Pupil Services for the Champaign Unit 4 School District. The appointment will become effective July 1, 2012.
Dr. Taylor holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Masters Degree from the University of Miami and a Doctor of Education from the University of Illinois. In addition to her work in public schools, she also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, teaching graduate level courses in the College of Education. She is currently the Principal at Urbana High School. During her tenure in Urbana, the high school made the College Board Advanced Placement Achievement List for two consecutive years and was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News and World Report.
“Dr. Taylor will be a great addition to our District. Her background in secondary education will be such a great asset to our students, faculty and parents,” said Dr. Judy Wiegand, Superintendent.
I am curious about two things:
1) Do we need this position to be filled? I realize we have taken on a lot of interims to fill the void of the previous administrative vacuum, but it is not clear to me that we actually need these positions. Do we?
2) So I am really happy for Dr. Taylor. But what about the community she is leaving behind? Not only a high school, but she is being taken out of the Urbana school district. Is it a good thing to keep moving good people up the food chain, creating little vacuums? Maybe yes – I can see how this creates room for others to grow and improve. But on the other hand, what happens to Urbana High School? I guess we will see if it continues to make the College Board Advanced Placement Achievement List.