Joliet Township High School District 204 will soon host a public reception for the community to meet the new superintendent.
The district board unanimously approved Charles M. “Mike” Hanson II in December as the superintendent to succeed Cheryl McCarthy, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the district.
The reception will be from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. July 22 at the JTHS Administrative Center, at 300 Caterpillar Drive in Joliet. Hanson will present a welcome address at 5:30 p.m., and an informal meet and greet will follow.
“I look forward to working in partnership with our staff, parents, students and community to uphold the tradition of excellence that has been established at Joliet Township High School,” Hanson said in an announcement for the event. “This public reception is the first of many community engagement activities planned to give me an opportunity to listen to our community and learn the diverse needs of the district.”
Hanson comes to Joliet from Hill City School District in South Dakota, where he served as superintendent for more than seven years. Before serving as superintendent, he worked in a variety of roles as a teacher, curriculum director, assistant principal and principal. He has more than 24 years of educational experience with leadership roles in strategic planning, instructional design and implementation of safety and security protocols using the ALICE framework, according to a JTHS news release.
McCarthy announced her retirement in December 2017.