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Dryier, McMillan Assistant Superintendents

Dr Dryier and Dr McMillan

At a Special Board Meeting Monday night, the Consolidated High School District 230 School Board appointed Dr. Katie McMillan as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services and shifted Dr. Kim Dryier’s responsibilities to focus on Student Services beginning July 1, 2021. This move supports incoming Superintendent Dr. Bob Nolting’s vision to elevate the current Director of Curriculum Instruction position to Assistant Superintendent and to provide increased focus on both instruction and student services.

“The equal importance of having strong leadership with our curriculum and instructional delivery model and our framework to support all students, particularly those at risk, is vital to the future of our district,” Nolting said. “This shift will allow for innovation and creativity to be maximized and will  benefit students in a very dynamic and evolving world within both instructional services and student services.” 

“The School Board fully supports Dr. Nolting’s plan to keenly focus the administrative responsibilities for instructional services and student services,” said School Board President Tony Serratore. “Now more than ever, we need to assure we have the leadership and resources in place to focus on these key areas. We are confident that Dr. Dryier and Dr. McMillan are the right leaders for these important roles.”

“Dr. Dryier's background leaves her perfectly positioned for this role, particularly as the needs of student services has changed significantly over the past few years and will continue to be a significant focus as we rebuild our school community post-pandemic," said Nolting.

Dr. Dryier joined the District 230 administration in 2011. Prior to that she was Director of Special Education for Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove and Indian Springs School District 109 and served as coordinator of diagnostic services, placement coordinator, and school psychologist with the Lincoln-Way Area Special Education Cooperative. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College, an M.A. in Psychology with a school psychology concentration from Governor’s State University, an M.S. in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University. 

“I am delighted to support the district and the students of D230 in this new position,” Dr. Dryier said. “I highly commend Dr. Nolting's vision and responsiveness to our students' social and emotional needs and look forward to supporting the continued work of our PPS Teams.”

Dr. McMillan takes on her new role as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services as a member of the D230 family for the past 23 years. She was first hired as a science teacher and coached girls basketball, girls volleyball, and girls track and field and sponsored several clubs and organizations. In 2006, she joined the administrative team in the main office at Andrew High School. Since then, she has served as Assistant and Associate Principal at Andrew and Stagg High Schools with responsibilities for student activities, facilities, PPS, and instruction. 

Dr. McMillan holds a B.A. in Commerce from DePaul University, B.S. in Secondary Education from Governor’s State University, M.A. in Educational Leadership from St. Xavier’s University, LBS1 Endorsement and Administrative Certificate from Loyola University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University.

“It is an absolute honor to serve in this new role,” Dr. McMillan said. “The learning communities of Stagg, Andrew, and Sandburg are intertwined in my personal and professional life and it is with unending enthusiasm that I transition to this position. I am most excited to work with the amazing staff and leadership teams in each building to support and enhance the positive and engaging learning opportunities our students experience every day. It will be an honor to work collaboratively with each learning community to further expand the curricular and programmatic offerings in our schools as our students prepare for life beyond high school.” 

“In the nine years I worked alongside Dr. McMillan at Andrew, our school reached unprecedented heights with regard to academic excellence with her as a key member of the administrative team,” Nolting said. “We dramatically increased our honors and Advanced Placement enrollment, dramatically decreased the need for basic level coursework, significantly reduced academic failures by building a strong system of support that has become a model for schools throughout Illinois. I am confident that Dr. McMillan’s student-first and innovative leadership style will support and elevate the capacity of our outstanding teachers and administrators throughout the district to deeply impact our school community. I am excited to start this new journey with Dr. McMillan.”