New Principal Named for Cary-Grove High School

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155:

D155 Board Approves New Cary-Grove Principal

Crystal Lake – The D155 Board of Education approved Neil Lesinski as the new principal at Cary-Grove High School, effective July 1.

After serving as principal for 10 years, Jay Sargeant has decided to return to the classroom where he began his career.

Neil Lesinski has served as the district’s director of curriculum and assessment collaborating with building leaders and committees of teachers to continue to advance curriculum and revise the district’s assessment practices since July 2016.

Neil also coordinates efforts with feeder school districts to align standards and has supported the implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy certification program in D155.

Prior to working in D155, Neil was department chair of the English department at Lakes Community High School, leading a team that advanced reading and writing instruction across disciplines.

He also served as the career technical education division chair in D117, overseeing a majority of the electives and working with a team in re-designing curriculum around 21st century skills, including the addition of a mobile apps course.

Neil Lesinski

“I look forward to building relationships and becoming a part of the Cary-Grove family and working to carry on the incredible tradition of providing an excellent educational experience for students while supporting them in every way we can to be successful in life,” said Lesinski.

Neil received his bachelors in English education from Western Illinois University and earned his Type 75, a masters in school leadership, from Concordia University. He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership from Aurora University.

“I am confident through Neil’s leadership Cary-Grove High School will continue to be a nationally recognized high school. Neil is a student-centered instructional leader who is committed to supporting the positive school culture that exists at Cary-Grove,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.

“We involved people at all levels of the organization, and we had 55 well-qualified candidates apply for the open principal positions.”

Neil Lesinski will begin his role as principal on July 1. He will work with Jay Sargeant and the rest of our administrative teams to ensure a smooth transition. The district is working to plan a meet and greet event for parents and students, and will share that information soon.


New Principal Named for Cary-Grove High School — 4 Comments

  1. Jay Sargeant

    2015 – $176,293 – 25th year worked

    2014 – $170,541 – 24th year worked


    Neil Lesinsk

    2015 – $64,147 – Antioch / Lake Villa District 117 – 5th year teaching

    2014 – $67,119 – Antioch / Lake Villa District 117 – 4th year teaching


    Mr. Lesinsk will become a principal in his 8th year as an educator.

    We’ll see if Mr. Sargeant receives a pay decrease to move from Principal to teacher.

  2. Jay Sargent is well like by all at CG!
    With the potential that Central will be closed is Jay protecting his future pension, or is it just the bad blood with Johnnie that is driving this odd change?

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