Neuqua Valley High School Principal Robert McBride Jr. will soon take over Todd Wernet’s role as Lockport District 205 superintendent.
McBride will begin his new position as superintendent of schools July 1, after Wernet retires, according to a news release from the district.
“We are extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of this search process. In the end, Dr. McBride proved himself the best fit to carry forward the vision of the district,” said Ann Lopez-Caneva, president of the board of education. “His track record of driving instructional innovation and academic excellence ... along with his passion for working with students and families, demonstrates his capability to lead our school district.”
The selection is the result of a national search conducted with the assistance of B.W.P. and Associates that produced nearly 40 qualified applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds, according to the release.
McBride was the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Terrel H. Bell recipient and since 2008 has been the principal at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, which was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education.
During his time as principal, Neuqua Valley ACT scores increased for seven consecutive years, Neuqua students posted the highest SAT meets and exceeds percentage in DuPage County and Neuqua Valley ranked in the top ten high schools in Illinois for SAT average composite score.
“I am honored to be chosen for this position,” McBride said. “I am looking forward to collaboratively working with students, staff and parents to continue moving our district in a positive direction.”