New Principal Named for Oswego East High School
Mar 24, 2015 09:22AM ● Published by Steven Jack
School District 308 announced Tuesday morning that Scott Savage has been picked to take over from interim principal Craig Watson. Savage is the fourth principal to head the school since 2013.
“Mr. Savage ... is the right candidate to carry OEHS toward the district’s goal of offering its students the best education possible,” said Dr. John Sparlin, said assistant superintendent for administrative services.
Savage comes to the district from MacArthur Middle School in Berkeley where he served as principal since 2012.
“High levels of student achievement will be my goal,” Savage said. “I look forward to connecting with students, parents and staff; and furthermore, working as a team.”
Savage is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, which included a tour during Operation Desert Storm. He began his education career at Whitney Young Magnet School in Chicago in 1998. In 2000, he worked as a social sciences teacher, coordinator and summer school principal at Centennial High School in Champaign. He went on to serve as a dean at Centennial from 2004-06.
In 2006, Savage moved to Thornton High School District 205 where he became an assistant principal at Thornton High School from 2009 to 2012. Savage also worked as a college basketball official from 1994 to 2012.
Savage received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his master’s degree in educational administration from Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston.
Savage begins work with District 308 on July 1 at a total salary of $131,000. He is the fourth principal to lead the school since 2013 when Jeff Craig departed. Craig had led the school since 2008. Craig was replaced by Louis Lee who worked in the district for a year before leaving for a position in Indian Prairie School District 204. Lee was replaced by Todd Martens who left the district in January for personal reasons.