In a unanimous vote at the April 12, 2021 Special Board Meeting, the Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 and Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Boards of Education jointly approved the contract for Dr. Matthew Montgomery to become the next Superintendent of Lake Forest Schools, effective July 1, 2021.
Dr. Montgomery, who has been in his current post as Superintendent of the Bath, Ohio Revere Local School District since 2015, was selected following an extensive community engagement and national search process managed jointly by the District 115 and District 67 school boards.
"Dr. Montgomery is the right leader at the right time for the Lake Forest schools," says District 115 Board President David Lane. "He brings with him a track record of K-12 innovation and achievement, and has the vision and management skills needed to take our District to the next level."
"Dr. Montgomery joins our District at an important moment, as we work to navigate past the pandemic," observes District 67 Board President Justin Engelland. "Dr. Montgomery not only has the professional expertise required to drive continuous improvement in our schools, but the communication and leadership abilities needed to strengthen our shared sense of partnership and alignment among all stakeholders in our school community."
"I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead these two extraordinary school districts and am grateful to the District 67 and District 115 Boards for making that possible," said Dr. Matthew Montgomery, incoming Superintendent of Lake Forest Schools. "I look forward to beginning the journey of developing relationships with staff, students, and the school community; building on past successes, and creating our future together."
Prior to his role as Superintendent for the Revere Schools, Dr. Montgomery served as Principal, and then as Superintendent, for the Waterloo Local Schools in Atwater, Ohio. He began his career in 2006 as a high school science teacher in Canfield, Ohio. Dr. Montgomery holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration, a masters in Educational Administration, and a bachelor of Science in Education, all from Kent State University.
Dr. Montgomery is a highly regarded administrator and thought leader, serving in a variety of capacities including adjunct professor at the American College of Education Department of Leadership and Administration; Co-Chair of the American Association of School Administrators STEM Leadership Consortium; and the National Superintendents Roundtable Steering Committee.
Dr. Montgomery and his wife plan to reside in the District 67/115 school community with their four children.