ROUND LAKE AREA SCHOOLS CUSD #116 ANNOUNCES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR
The Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 Board of Education voted to approve a contract naming Dr. Donn Mendoza as its next superintendent, at their Board meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017.
Dr. Mendoza is no stranger to RLAS-116. He began making a positive impact on the students and staff of Round Lake High School upon his hire at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Dr. Mendoza has served as the Principal of Round Lake High School, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Teaching and Learning and most recently, Deputy Superintendent of PK-14 Education.
Great accomplishments have been reached under Dr. Mendoza’s leadership. Some include an impressive increase in the 4-year graduation rate from 72% to 89%, a 17-point increase in just four years; 65% increase in Advanced Placement enrollment; increase in the number of freshmen on track to graduate (88%-91% over two years); and drastic programmatic enhancements which have proven to increase student achievement. Dr. Mendoza also played a large role in the communication efforts leading to a successful passage of a November 2014 referendum, bringing a $29 million renovation project to Round Lake High School.
Dr. Mendoza is an active member of the Round Lake Area, serving as a director of the Round Lake Area Exchange Club. Dr. Mendoza is a well-known individual within the community through his work as a school principal and central office administrator representing the District at countless community organization and village presentations.
“RLAS-116 has made great strides through the implementation of an extremely aggressive strategic plan to ensure high levels of student success. Our Board of Education is confident that Dr. Mendoza will continue this progress through strong leadership and a clear vision for success. His enthusiasm and drive for quality public education and more specifically the education within RLAS-116 is evident. We are excited about the future of RLAS-116 with Dr. Mendoza as Superintendent,” said Kevin Daniels, School Board President.
Dr. Mendoza has extensive school level and central office administrative experience. In addition to RLAS-116, he has served in leadership roles at Crystal Lake CCSD #47, Barrington CUSD #220, and Carpentersville CUSD #300. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Judson College and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University, and his Doctoral Degrees from Northern Illinois University (Ed.S. and Ed.D.).
Mendoza signed a 5-year contract with an annual base salary in 2018-19 of $220,000. Mendoza will replace Dr. Constance Collins who is retiring on June 30, 2018 after 8 years of service to Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116.