Round Lake District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins, who retires at the end of June, was named Superintendent of the Year by her peers Wednesday night.
The honor came as a shock to Collins who gave a speech earlier during the Lake County Superintendents End-of-the-Year Recognition Dinner as one of four soon-to-be retirees.
From the beginning Collins set high goals for the district and changed expectation for what the district could accomplish. Round Lake 116 had been struggling in the ’90s so much that it was run by the state from 2001 through 2011.
Collins oversaw the $29 million Round Lake High renovation that created STEM classrooms and labs, new athletic facilities and a business incubator program. She implemented the district’s celebrations of Hispanic heritage, something the district had previously lacked despite a more than 70 percent Hispanic student population.
The high school’s graduation rate increased from 72 percent to 90 percent in the last three years. And the high school was named one of Illinois’ top schools in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.
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