D86 Superintendent Resigns Unexpectedly: Year in Review

Nicholas Wahl's departure in August came two weeks before the new school year was set to begin.

Former District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl (Patch file photo)
Former District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl (Patch file photo)
Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch is looking back at the top stories of 2013 with a Year in Review series. Click the links below to view Patch's original coverage.

One of 2013's most unexpected stories was the sudden resignation of Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl on Aug. 6, two weeks before the start of the new school year. 

Wahl, who was the district's top administrator for eight years, accepted a new job in Indiana that same week.

According to reports, Wahl's new job paid $58,000 less per year, leading some to wonder why he was leaving District 86. Board member Kay Gallo said she believed the new board majority mistreated the superintendent and that she had serious concerns about the future of the district. 

Wahl never responded to Patch's interview request. 

Patch obtained the resignation agreement, and in it found a clause that stipulated neither Wahl nor any District 86 board member were allowed to "directly or indirectly disparage" one another.

Former assistant superintendent for instruction Bruce Law was appointed to be the interim superintendent after Wahl's departure. The board voted to make Law Wahl's permanent replacement in October.

Wahl was not the only District 86 administrator to leave in 2013. Hinsdale Central principal Mike McGrory left over the summer along with district business manager Jeff Eagan and director of human resources Troy Courtney. Hinsdale South principal Brian Waterman accepted the open Lyons Township principal position in December and in July 2014 will leave the school he's led for the last six years.

What do you think was the top story of 2013 in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills? Tell us in the comments!

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