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Alleman Catholic High names interim leaders following principal resignation

The interim leadership team will be in place for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Update: Alleman Catholic High School announced its administrative transition team for the remainder of the 2021-22 academic year.

In a Facebook post, the Rock Island school said the Office of Catholic Schools has appointed the following interim leadership team:

  • Mark Merdian, pastor of St. Pius X Church and vicar of the Rock Island Vicariate.
  • Jane Barrett (AHS graduate of 1977), principal of Seton Catholic School in Moline.
  • Mike Lootens (AHS graduate of 1974), retired principal of Epiphany Catholic School in Normal.
  • Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent of the Office of Catholic Schools.

Alleman said the Office of Catholic Schools will hire a professional organization to lead the search for the school's next principal in the weeks following Christmas vacation. The new appointee will begin in the 2022-23 academic year.

More information will reportedly be shared as members of the transition team begin their new leadership roles on Monday, Dec.13.

Original: According to news from the Diocese of Peoria, the principal of Alleman Catholic High School has resigned.

The news release, sent to the Alleman High School and area clergy communities and obtained by News 8, comes from Dr. Sharon Weiss, the superintendent of Schools for the Diocese.

According to the notice, Sara Stroud left her position as principal of Alleman effective immediately, Friday, Dec. 10.

The release also said more communication will come next week regarding an administrative transition team that will be put in place for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

The resignation follows a period of turmoil at the school following notable drops in enrollment and administrative changes.

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