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Dr. James Hammack Announces Retirement From Byron CUSD 226
Dear Byron Community Unit School District 226 Board members, Staff members, Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community Members:
I am writing this statement to inform you that I will retire from my service as Superintendent when my employment contract expires on June 30, 2018.  Following my retirement from the Byron CUSD 226 and the State of Illinois, it is my intention to continue in leadership work as a Superintendent to a school district in another state or overseas.
Thank you for providing me with the fine privilege to serve as Superintendent of Schools.  I have so enjoyed my work for the District and I am extremely proud of the District’s accomplishments on behalf of students, parents, staff, and community members in all areas including teaching and learning, special services, support services, activities, finance, buildings and grounds, and policy.  On both professional and personal levels, I have been highly fortunate to have worked for the Byron CUSD 226.  I will never forget this tremendous opportunity to lead such a fine school district.
I look forward to another great year in 2017-2018. 
With gratitude,
Dr. James Hammack
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  • financialaid District Finances Per pupil spending is $9,462 for instructional expenses and $17,529 for operational expenses.
  • boardoftrustees Sizing It Up The district average class size is 18 students compared to the states average of 21.
  • Health & Wellness Byron students average 5 days of PE per week compared to the states average of 4 days per week.
  • Enrollment Total district enrollment for PK-12 is 1,482.
  • Student Attendance The average daily attendance across the district is 95%.
  • Extraordinary Faculty Total full time teachers in the district is 110 of which 39.2% have a Bachelor’s degree and 59.9% have a Master’s degree or higher.
  • Future Prospects Within 12 months of graduating, 64% of seniors enroll in a 2 or 4 year college.
  • volunteer Exceptional Services We are a “stand alone” district meaning we house all 27 of our special need services personnel within our district.  Currently 16% of our student population qualify for special services.

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