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Special education administrator to retire

The Hamilton School Board accepted the retirement request of longtime Special Services Supervisor Charlene DeGroot, effective July 8, 2005.

Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said DeGroot has been an important factor in the district’s ability to meet the needs of all students.

“Children in the Hamilton School District are better off because of the dedication of Mrs. DeGroot,” Cooke said. “She has been an exceptional child advocate, a leader who is completely committed to high quality education for all students.”

DeGroot became part of the Hamilton staff in 1979 when she accepted the position as special education coordinator. She was a diagnostician and special education teacher in the Whitnall and Racine school districts before joining the district. She also taught children with learning and emotional disabilities in Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

The position for a new special education supervisor will be posted. The School Board is expected to fill the position this spring.