Rockford Public Schools today announced the appointment of a former RPS 205 teacher and administrator to lead East High School for the 2015-16 school year. Dr. Peter J. Verona has spent the past four years as Principal at Byron High School. He will take over East in July, pending board approval. Verona has nearly 20 years of education experience as a teacher, student support specialist and administrator. He has worked as an Assistant Principal in RPS 205 at Jefferson and Guilford high schools.
“After a rigorous interview process, it’s clear that Dr. Verona is the best candidate to lead East High School,” said Dr. Theodore Hickman, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary. “He meets the key attributes East staff wants in a principal. He is a dedicated leader with experience supporting students, helping teachers master their craft and establishing strong community relationships.”
Verona is a Rockford native and grew up less than a mile from East High School. He is developing a plan to start the school year and build relationships with parents, staff and students. He wrote in a letter to East High School parents that he is committed to East High School’s success: “East High School has just celebrated 75 years of student achievement and success in education. The community and alumni came together to share in this celebration, and I am honored to become part of this family of students, parents, graduates, and educators. We will begin next year with a building that is being transformed into a 21st century learning facility, and I look forward to serving our students as they take East into the next 75 years of success and achievement.”
The Rockford School Board is expected to approve Verona’s appointment and compensation information next month. Open principal positions at Welsh Elementary School and Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour have not yet been filled for the 2015-16 school year.