Craney to leave Northside

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Roz Craney, who has been the principal at Northside Elementary School since 2009, announced last week that he will resign at the end of the school year.

Craney is returning to DeForest where his family lives to become the principal at Yahara Elementary.

Craney informed District administrators and the leadership team meeting on Wednesday, May 16 and Northside staff after school that day. A letter was sent home about the news to Northside families a day later.

"My career in the District has been incredibly rewarding,'' Craney said. "I have fully appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with administrators, our Northside staff and families in providing a high quality education for every child.  I will miss the relationships and connections.''

Craney replaced John Schultz as principal at Northside in the summer of 2009. Before that, he was the director of pupil services in DeForest for one year and the principal at Windsor Elementary for two years. He also has served as an assistant principal at DeForest Middle School and a fifth-grade band director in Oregon.

Craney earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater in 1997 and his master's degree from UW-Madison in 2003.

Northside received three prestigious honors in 2016. It received a Silver Level Wisconsin School Health Award. Fewer than 70 schools in the state were recognized with gold, silver or bronze status. The only other district in Dane County to have schools recognized was Oregon. Northside was also among 328 schools that were recognized as the healthiest schools in America by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation that works to empower children to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

Finally, Northside was honored with the 2016 Let's Move! Active Schools Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment.

"Thank you so much for allowing me to have this memorable and rewarding experience to be a part of your child's education,'' Craney said in his letter to families. "I wish you all of the best for the remainder of this school year and into the future. ... Thank you for doing your part in making Northside a great place!''