District 228 Announces New Superintendent

District 228 Announces New Superintendent
Dr. Brad Sikora standing with Dr. Bill Kendall

At the Bremen High School District 228 Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Dr. Brad Sikora was appointed the new Superintendent of Bremen High School District 228 by the Board of Education. Bremen High School District 228 includes Bremen, Tinley Park, Hillcrest, and Oak Forest High Schools. 

Dr. Sikora currently serves as the Principal of Oak Forest High School and has experience at all four of the district’s schools over his 22-year career in education. 

After graduating from Crete-Monee High School, Dr. Sikora received his Bachelors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in Social Studies Education and a minor in Spanish. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Crete-Monee High School and later Lincoln-Way Central High School before coming to District 228 in 2005 and accepting a position as a social studies teacher at Hillcrest High School. 

While serving at Hillcrest High School, Dr. Sikora completed his Masters in Educational Administration from Governor’s State University and then went on to earn his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in 2008. 

From 2007-2008, he served as the District 228 World Languages Supervisor before becoming the Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning at Bremen High School in 2008.

In 2011, Dr. Sikora accepted the position of Principal at Oak Forest High School where he has served for the past 10 years. During this time, he received his Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership in 2014 from Olivet Nazarene University and his Superintendent Endorsement from Loyola University in 2017.

“I had a high school teacher and wrestling coach, Mr. Rod Wartman, who positively impacted and inspired my career path,” says Dr. Sikora. “Ever since then, I knew I wanted to work in education and do the same thing for others. With each new role, I realized that I could help more and more people on a larger scale which encouraged me to pursue the position of Superintendent.”

Throughout his career with District 228, Dr. Sikora has produced positive results in academic, athletics, and activities. Some of these include leading the Hillcrest High School wrestling team to multiple state qualifiers and helping to develop the Freshmen Learning Center (FLC) at Bremen High School.
 
In 2016, he received recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education with a Those Who Excel award for his work as Principal of Oak Forest High School.  He also helped the school land on the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in the Nation List for the first time. 

“Although I wasn’t a student at the District, I feel like I am a product of the District,” says Dr. Sikora. “It’s exciting to be able to utilize the relationships and skills I have built over the years to continue serving the students, staff, and communities of District 228.”

This news comes after current District 228 Superintendent, Dr. Bill Kendall, announced his retirement on October 20, 2020. This is Dr. Kendall’s 14th year as Superintendent of District 228 and his 18th year with the district in total.

Notable achievements from Dr. Kendall include the development of the Freshman and Sophomore Learning Centers, Integrated Math, Read 180, Physics First, 1:1 technology, EXCEL, PALS, JOBS2 programs, and the Delta Academy. 

He has also worked tirelessly to improve and create additional post-secondary opportunities for students such as advanced placement courses, college and career centers, a career guide, developmental guidance, dual credit courses, and industry certification courses.

Dr. Kendall should be recognized for moving the school district from deficit spending to balanced budgets, making dramatic building improvements including four state of the art fieldhouses and four artificial turf football fields that were delivered on time and under budget, and improving district communication efforts with families through public relations efforts. 

He has also helped District 228 schools connect with local communities through senior luncheons, art and band concerts, theatrical performances, and most recently as a venue to deliver COVID vaccines to 2,300 people.

“I hope our communities will see me as a visible leader who wants to continue adding value to our schools and maximizing resources and opportunities for our students as Dr. Kendall has,” says Dr. Sikora. “There have been many positive mentors and role models in my life and it’s an honor to be able to carry on their legacy and the impact they have made on me by providing that same experience to others.”