Niles West principal leaving for Naperville
Niles West Principal Kaine Osburn, pictured here in August 2012, is leaving for a deputy superintendent post in Naperville. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:18AM
Niles West’s principal Kaine Osburn is leaving District 219 and heading to Naperville, he announced on Tuesday.
Osburn is leaving at the end of the current school year to take a promotion with Naperville Community Unit District 203 as deputy superintendent.
Osburn started his 14-year career at District 219 as an English teacher at Niles West in 1998 and moved up the ranks. He became assistant principal of operations in 2006, and was named principal of Niles West in 2007.
Osburn will replace District 203’s deputy superintendent Robert Hawkins, who was hired in short-term capacity this year. Osburn will begin his new position with Naperville in July, where he’ll serve immediately under superintendent Dan Bridges and will be responsible for oversight of the district’s two assistant superintendents, Kitty Ryan and Bob Ross.
“While we’re sad to see Kaine leave, we wish him all the best in his new position,” said District 219 superintendent Nanciann Gatta in a press release.
As principal of Niles West, Osburn is making is $176,389 in base pay this school year. He’ll take a pay cut in Naperville, where his base salary with District 203 will be $166,000.
District 203 is considerably larger than District 219. The K-12 district is the eighth-largest school system in Illinois and serves more than 17,000 students in 22 schools.
Osburn made his announcement Tuesday morning at a staff meeting, and said in a press release, “Leaving Niles West and District 219 is not without great pain. I have dedicated the last 14 years of my life to the students, parents and teachers here.”
No word on when District 219 administrators plan to hire a new principal.~.