New principal, superintendent coming to Argo High School
Board lets Covino, Kingsfield depart to ‘promote from within’
By Bob Bong
A changing of the guard is coming to Argo High School this
summer when both the superintendent and principal will be replaced.
The school board did not renew the contracts for either
Principal Chris Covino or Supt. Jill Kingsfield. Their expire on June 30.
Both will be replaced by current administrators who have
“The timing was right to bring up some administrators who
were ready,” said Dr. Dan Kozal, school board president. “Their contracts were
up and we decided it was time to promote from within.”
Brandon Cotter, who had been serving as director of
educational support services at Argo, will replace Covino, who tendered his
resignation as principal in February.
William Toulios, who had been serving as assistant principal
of activities, operations and alumni relations, will replace Kingsfield on an
Toulios graduated from Argo in 1997 and has been with the
district in one capacity or another for the past 18 years.
“We will conduct a search for a new superintendent once the
pandemic dies down,” said board member Nick Caprio.
A letter dated January 29 was posted on the school website
regarding Kingsfield’s departure. No reason was stated for why she was not
retained, but the letter did wish her well in her future endeavors.
Both Covino and Kingsfield have found positions with other
Covino was named last week as an assistant superintendent at
Hinsdale High School District 86. He will start there on July 1 on a one-year
contract worth $180,000.
Covino will be replacing Carol Baker, who was hired by
District 86 two years ago after she left as superintendent at Lyons School
District 103 with a year left on her contract.
Baker, who resides in Orland Park, lost her job in January
when the school board voted unanimously to dismiss her effective June 30. No
reason was given for the decision to fire her. The board decision also bars her
from working as a teacher for the next school year.
Kingsfield will become assistant superintendent for teaching
and learning at Glen Ellyn Community Consolidated School District 89.
She said leaving Argo was “very bittersweet.”
She came to Argo in 2017 to replace Kevin O’Mara upon his
The promotion of Toulios and Cotter has created a game of
musical chairs for the district’s top staffers.
John Dagres has been hired as Assistant Principal of
Teaching and Learning. He will earn $147,000.
Bijal Patel was named Monday night as the new director of
educational support services. She will earn $105,000.
Nicole Wasko will move up from dean of students to become
Assistant Principal of Student Experiences and Community Engagement. She will
earn $119,000. Replacing her as dean will be Chris Kelly. He will earn $97,500.
Brian Grider moves up to Assistant Principal of Student
Services. He will earn $138,000.
In a related move, Ryan Skendzel will return to his previous
role as athletic director replacing Nicholas Browder. He will earn $127,000 per
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