OLCHS started the 2017-2018 school year off with some changes to its administrative team. After 13 years as the Assistant Principal for Operations, Joseph McCurdy will move to the district office to serve as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief School Business Official.
McCurdy has been with the district for 16 years. He first served as the Director of Career and Technology Programs and then as the Assistant Principal. Under McCurdy’s leadership, the district’s public relations expanded with weekly electronic newsletters to parents, a comprehensive website, weekly newspaper releases, and a strong presence on social media. During his 13 years, among other initiatives, he led the school’s safety committee, new teacher induction program, technology committee, discipline committee, stakeholder engagement committee, and the student intervention/enrichment committee.
As the school’s activity director, McCurdy earned the reputation of Mr. Spirit. He never missed the opportunity to showcase his school spirit by dressing up for a theme day or wearing a green suit for a pep assembly. McCurdy said, “I plan to bring the same dedication and enthusiasm to the district office. I am not leaving my school spirit and pride behind. I enjoy being a Spartan and firmly believe every staff member has a responsibility to be involved in the school community.”
According to McCurdy, he is ready for the new challenge and views his new position as one with several new responsibilities, but still with a strong focus on students. McCurdy said, “Although I have a greater responsibility as a steward for the taxpayer, I am ultimately striving to support Principal Lietz and her goal of providing the best instructional and teaching practices to our students. A lot of my attention will be spent providing staff members with the resources needed to offer the best learning environment, not just in the classroom, but the entire campus.”
Replacing McCurdy as Assistant Principal is Marcus Wargin. Wargin is entering his 19th year at OLCHS, serving as a math teacher for 5 years and guidance counselor for the past 13 years. Wargin has also been a part of the state championship theater program, served on numerous committees, and has coached multiple sports at OLCHS. One of Wargin's goals is to empower students to be involved and to engage in extracurricular activities. Wargin also hopes to continue to embody Spartan Pride, the way Mr. McCurdy so often did. When asked about his new role Mr. Wargin stated, "Mr. McCurdy has been an inspiration and mentor to me. He left big shoes to fill and I will do my best to make him proud."
Wargin’s assignment was possible after McCurdy assumed the role as Assistant Superintendent. A role that Rick Hendricks held for fifteen years. During his tenure, Hendricks led several capital improvement projects including the building-wide heating/air conditioning renovations, athletic field enhancements, and the performing arts addition. Hendricks is now working at Moraine Valley Community College as the Vice-President for Administration.
McCurdy and Wargin will continue to serve the Spartans with the passion they have shown for so many years. They believe in the school's mission and vision, and will do their best to always embody Spartan Pride.