MANLIUS — A Bureau Valley High School graduate will be the next superintendent for the district.
Steve Endress, originally from Bradford, will be the Bureau Valley superintendent effective May 25.
He brings years of experience in teaching, and work as a principal and superintendent. He was a graduate of the first Bureau Valley High School graduating class in 1996 right after the consolidation of Western, Manlius, Wyanet, and Walnut.
“I was looking for the opportunity to work for my alma mater and give back to the great experience I had when I was a student,” said Endress, who has five years experience as superintendent at Lostant and Woodland. “I was interested in working in the district, but wanted to get to a point in my career where I could offer something to the district.”
Endress graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in business education. He also received his teaching certificate there. He then went on to earn a masters degree in principalship from Eastern Illinois University, and his doctorate from ISU. From there, Endress taught technology and was a tech coordinator in the Bradford School District for many years before moving into the role of principal in the same district.
“It’s a good experience working in schools, and I enjoyed teaching,” Endress said. “But I also really enjoy management of school districts. I have experience in K-12 at the administrative level so I’m very familiar with what the job entails.”
Endress shows a natural interest in finances, which is something he believes will benefit the district as he guides the district through some difficult financial times.
While a student at Bureau Valley, Endress was actively involved in basketball, baseball, swing choir, band, chorus, jazz band, drama club and yearbook staff.
“Growing up in the area and moving back, I’ve got a good handle on what the Bureau Valley community values in their school leader,” Endress said. “I’m looking forward to coming back home and being a part of that community and making the district a better place than it already is.”
When not doing superintendent work, Endress enjoys hanging out with his wife and two children, a 3-year-old and a nine-month-old.
The board also recently hired an assistant superintendent, Gavin Sronce, to begin July 1.
Katlyn Rumbold can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.