Oswego Board Hires New OEHS Principal

Belvidere principal will replace Dr. Louis Lee.

Dr. Todd Martens. Credit: District 308
Dr. Todd Martens. Credit: District 308
The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education on Tuesday hired Belvidere High School Principal Dr. Todd Martens as principal of Oswego East High School (OEHS) for the 2014-15 school year. 

Martens replaces Dr. Louis Lee, who will leave District 308 to become an assistant superintendent in the Indian Prairie School District.

“Dr. Martens is the right candidate to carry OEHS toward the district goal of being world class,” said Dr. John Sparlin, the district’s assistant superintendent for administrative services. 

As principal at OEHS, Martens’ number-one goal will be student achievement, the district said in a press release, adding that Martens recognizes that to improve student achievement, all parties need to work together. 

“I want students, staff, and faculty to be better off tomorrow than they are today,” Martens said. “I’m looking forward to working with and getting to know everyone in this great organization.”

Martens began his career in education in 2000 as a science teacher at South Beloit High School in Wisconsin. From 2002 to 2006, he worked as dean of students and athletic director for South Beloit. He then served as principal for South Beloit Junior High and Blackhawk Elementary School, which are adjoined in the same building, from 2006 through 2008. 

In 2008, Martens became the associate principal for Belvidere High School, where he worked for two years before being named principal in 2010, a position he held until recently. 

Martens received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in general education and his master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration from National Louis University in Chicago. 

Martens will meet staff and students and work with outgoing Principal Dr. Louis Lee to ensure a seamless transition over the coming weeks.

Martens begins work with District 308 at a total salary of $135,000. 
JimmyJ June 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM
@ Kyle,I don't have any problem with Mr. Wayne, do you? The answer apparently is that no matter how much they say they are here for the kids, it;s really about how much money they can make. I don't buy that after one school year a principal leaves. Obviously they have no attachment or care for the school they are serving at, it's just a stepping stone. Does that serve the students well? Or is it something else? Maybe the principals of OEHS haven't been able to produce the results expected of them. Mr. Wayne's compensation in 2012 was $133,828 according to the state database. Not sure what he made in 2013 or 2014. Do they pay the OEHS staff less? How much you you like to see him make? what would be a fair number? Remember, there are no profits in the public sector like in a business so it's all tax money. Again, how much do you want to kick in for your share?
KylefromOswego June 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Well your argument about OHS performing better is out the window because according to the Illinois state report card Oswego East students performed better on the ACT than the Oswego students. Go figure. I don't want to a debate about another man's money. That is stupid. Obviously their values are different from yours. YOU obviously would knowingly work for less, but most people won't.
JimmyJ June 21, 2014 at 03:16 PM
@Kyle....not sure how old you are, I'm 50. I've worked in the corporate world and done my share of ladder climbing. When it's about money and getting as much as you can it ends up being more about politics and less about the goal other than the goal of your own wallet. I left the private sector and now work in the public sector for about half of what I made before and I can tell you I am VERY happy. I don't need a Tesla or a Cadillac, I'm quite happy with my Hyundai. I don't need a mansion I'm happy with my condo. I look forward every day to helping the people I'm fortunate to see. Many are HS age. The reward is seeing then go from troubled kid to successful adult. It's not about money. The saying used to be there is no money in education. To a degree that's true, it's in administration and I don't know of any administrator who directly effects an ACT score, which isn't the sole measure of what someone knows. Six figure administrator salaries are not what determine the success of students. If an administrator is there solely to make money, they are misguided and should seek employment in a different sectors that's not to say they shouldn't be fairly paid. My guess is you are a parent or a student or grad of OEHS as you seem solely interested in that one school. That's fine. But OEHS is a part of the whole not an island to itself. I was here before OEHS was even a dream. Frankly I find a lot of us versus them attitude on that side of town which is unfortunate.
ayar July 09, 2014 at 04:50 PM
@JimmyJ - congratulations, you looked through the other side of the curtain and found the wizard of Oz and his smoke trail - the difference between the "an employee is a light bulb to be replaced when it burns out or gets too old" and the "employee is there to make a DIFFERENCE" is a real awakening. Sadly, I have to agree with a lot of what you said. Not in all cases, but I noticed a huge gap between the teacher and the Manager [admin] in terms of philosophy, which is sad since the goal is to educate the kids.


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