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Oswego High School principal Mr. Mike Wayne will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, an email sent to OHS families and staff on Monday, Dec. 10, confirmed. Mr. Wayne has worked in public education for 33 years as a teacher, dean, and assistant principal, with 14 of those years as OHS’s principal.
His retirement was voted on and approved at Monday night’s School District 308 Board of Education meeting.
Mr. Wayne has been present at OHS since 2006, making him OHS’s second-longest-serving principal. The number of enrolled students has nearly doubled since he was hired nearly 14 years ago.
“I always believed that when you make a decision to retire or to leave a position, that you do so when you still want to be there, and not when you’re like, ‘I can’t wait to get out,’” Mr. Wayne said in an interview with 42Fifty.
He said that the decision to retire was due to a variety of factors.
“I still love the job,” Mr. Wayne said. “I love it here, but I’m looking forward to doing some other things with my time.”
The email shared with the community stated that OHS will begin searching for a new principal. Input from the staff and parents will be included in the decision process.
One thing that the Oswego High School staff hopes is that the next principal will continue with Mr. Wayne’s Panther spirit. His office is decorated with an OHS sign, and lots of orange and blue.
“All the colors he wears are the school colors,” Dawn Seno, Mr. Wayne’s secretary, added in an interview with 42Fifty.
Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin stated in the email that he wishes Mr. Wayne the best in his future activities during his retirement. He also said that “Mr. Wayne has been the face of OHS for the past 14 years; he knows and genuinely cares about his students and his staff.”
Mr. Wayne said that he has felt very accepted and welcomed during his 14 years as principal.
“I thank the students that have been here during that time, the staff members, parents and the community,” he said. “They’ve been wonderfully supportive of Oswego High School and as well as me personally.”
Additional reporting by Gavin Ross.