Woodland 50 hires from inside to replace outgoing superintendent
The Woodland Elementary School District 50 board decided to hire the district’s next superintendent by selecting Associate Superintendent of Education Robert Machak for the top job.
Machak will replace outgoing superintendent Lori Casey who is due to retire in June.
Machak was hired in July 2020 after serving as superintendent of District 124 at Evergreen Park for eight years.
“Machak has already contributed a lot to our school district since joining the team,” said school board president Carla Little. “The school board is confident that Dr. Machak will make an excellent leader for this district.”
Among Machak’s accomplishments during his time in the district, he led efforts to establish and operate regular COVID-19 testing in district schools. Machak began the effort with a pilot program during summer school last July. To date, the district has collected and analyzed more than 38,000 samples from students and employees.
Machak also played a key role in implementing the district’s test-to-stay program that allows students to stay in class as long as they show no symptoms and continue to test negative for COVID-19.
Machak said he was honored to have been selected.
“I loved every minute of my time here,” Machak said. “Woodland has quickly become my home and we have so much to look forward to together.”
Casey said she thinks Machak is a perfect fit for the community.
“I respect and admire his leadership style and look forward to seeing him apply those talents to a district that means so much to me personally and professionally,” said Casey, who has served as superintendent for about two years.
Casey’s tenure as superintendent was always meant to be short. The same 2019 message to parents announcing her as the new lead administrator also said Casey would be retiring after the 2021-22 school year, when her last contract would have expired.
Casey received a starting annual salary of $198,000 and will receive an additional $100,000 after his two years are up, documents show.
Details of Machak’s contract and salary were not immediately available Friday morning.
Machak’s first day as superintendent will be July 1.