H-F principal Jerry Anderson takes job at Bloom High

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H-F principal Jerry Anderson takes job at Bloom High

June 22, 2021 - 06:54
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H-F Principal Jerry Anderson speaks at the 2021 graduation ceremony on May 29. Anderson will start a new job as principal of Bloom Township High School on July 1. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Homewood-Flossmoor High School Principal Jerry Lee Anderson has been hired by District 206 to be the next principal at Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights.

Her appointment came with a three-year contract and was approved at the District 206 board meeting Monday, June 21. Anderson will start July 1. 

Anderson spent four years at H-F. She was appointed in 2017 from a national search for a principal after the District 233 school board released Ryan Pitcock from his principal's contract. Anderson came to H-F after serving as a principal in Colorado. When she was hired the board gave her a one-year contract and renewed it for another three years. In March 2021 the board extended Anderson’s contract through June 2022.

District 233 board president Gerald Anderson said he was chair of the search committee that selected Anderson for the H-F job "and I have enjoyed working with her the past four years. We wish Dr. Anderson the best in her decision, and we will look forward to partnering with her and Bloom Township High School in support of students here in the South Suburbs."  

Anderson told the Chronicle that she has been on a job search.

“I felt it was time for me to take on a new challenge. My life’s work really has been as a principal, and I’m always excited to be able to work with young people to watch them grow and learn, so I’m excited to be part of that process,” she said.

“I really enjoyed the time I had at H-F. I really felt like I was able to make a positive difference for students there. So, sad for what I’m leaving, but happy for a new adventure and a new challenge to make a positive difference for students (at Bloom),” Anderson said.

The last year dealing with every detail of the COVID-19 pandemic was among her most challenging assignments.

“We made it through so well. With all of the work. Oh my goodness, that was a year of 18-hour days really trying to make sure we had listened to parents, staff voices and followed all the guidance so we could keep everyone as safe as possible. I think we really did a good job with that.”

Anderson served as district principal working with Craig Fantin, associate principal at the South Building and Quitman Dillard, assistant principal at the North Building.

Anderson leaves just as H-F’s superintendent-elect Scott Wakeley joins the staff July 1. He will follow Superintendent Von Mansfield when Mansfield retires in June 2022 after 21 years with District 233.