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Valley View District 365U names center for retiring superintendent

James A. Mitchem Jr.
James A. Mitchem Jr.

Valley View School District 365U is naming its early childhood center in Romeoville after its retiring superintendent and longtime employee.

The district board approved the renaming of the center after James Mitchem announced his plan to retire June 30, according to a news release.

Steve Quigley, the VVSD board president, cited Mitchem’s leadership for the honor. He said in the release that Mitchem was “especially effective in the positive growth and development of the VVSD early childhood education program.”

Mitchem has served as superintendent since 2011. The board approved Assistant Superintendent Rachel Kinder to succeed him earlier this year.

The soon-to-be named Dr. James A. Mitchem Early Childhood Center is located at 753 Dalhart Ave. in Romeoville.

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