Cindy Gagich Named First Female Principal at Ill. High School

Jan 14, 2013 Full story: District Administration 58

When Cindy Gagich stands in front of the portraits of 14 past principals of Granite City High School, it's clear she'll be starting something new.

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agreed!

Granite City, IL

#1 Jan 14, 2013
Cindy Gagich.. same Gagich that her mother was a teacher at St Mary's in Madison and finished her teaching career at St. John Neumann? if so, congrats.. I loved her mother, one of my best teachers.. had her for 2nd grade
Jennifer

Glencoe, MO

#2 Jan 14, 2013
Well that is some very exciting news and it couldn't have happened to a nicer lady - Congratulations to Ms. Gagich and to Mr. Greenwald
Oh great Gagich

Granite City, IL

#3 Jan 14, 2013
She is not a nice woman at all .. she favors the "preppy popular" girls and lets them get away with wearing inappropriate dress code while she sends the pregnant girls down to the office for wearing sweatpants or yoga pants, even if that's all they can fit in. She's much too strict, and no one realized how easy they had it with Mr.Greenwald. He was so understanding, and always tried to help out students who were struggling.
awesome

United States

#4 Jan 14, 2013
I am very happy for her, I was not preppy and popular but she was always great to me. Her and Mrs Finkes were two women that made me feel like I could do better and succeed. Congratulations!!!
highschool

United States

#5 Jan 14, 2013
When I was in high school I was a young pregnant girl and she never treated me poorly. That was some time ago but she did help me through some rough times as a young pregnant teen. Maybe you should go visit her and express your concerns. No one can change if they do not know there is a problem.
oh Great Gagich

Granite City, IL

#6 Jan 14, 2013
highschool wrote:
When I was in high school I was a young pregnant girl and she never treated me poorly. That was some time ago but she did help me through some rough times as a young pregnant teen. Maybe you should go visit her and express your concerns. No one can change if they do not know there is a problem.
I agree with what you're saying, but she has picked on me several times when she knew I was pregnant and underprivileged. And I'm not the only one, it's several of my friends as well.
Ratsgirl

Granite City, IL

#7 Jan 15, 2013
[QUOTE who="agreed!"]Cindy Gagich.. same Gagich that her mother was a teacher at St Mary's in Madison and finished her teaching career at St. John Neumann? if so, congrats.. I loved her mother, one of my best teachers.. had her for 2nd grade [/QUOTE]
I also had her mom as my 2nd grade teacher. Congrats Cindy.
Glade

Belleville, IL

#8 Jan 15, 2013
I am glade to see that someone that has been at the high school for many years got it. She was teaching when I was there and I graduated 21 years ago. I will miss Mr. Greenwald he was a good man and very understanding. I was hoping he would of stayed until all my kids were done with school.
Not Me

Glencoe, MO

#9 Jan 15, 2013
oh Great Gagich wrote:
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I agree with what you're saying, but she has picked on me several times when she knew I was pregnant and underprivileged. And I'm not the only one, it's several of my friends as well.
An unwed, pregnant teen mom - not all it is cracked up to be is it? Are you upset that you did not get your MTV career going? Underprivileged and knocked up - sounds like you wanted special accommodations, privileges and consideration above what other students received - that type of self-entitlement attitude is going to keep you on welfare for along time.

Try to remember that no one owes you anything - except maybe your baby daddy. He might owe you some child support.

Since: Apr 12

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#11 Jan 15, 2013
She's the first female principal in Illinois? What took so long? Congrats to you Cindy.
read again

United States

#12 Jan 15, 2013
At granite city high school, not all of Illinois.
Long dong daddy

United States

#14 Jan 16, 2013
I never had to deal with her, seemed like a mean lady but I wasent a punk or a knocked up teen looking for trouble.

Since: Jun 09

East Alton, IL

#15 Jan 17, 2013
Mrs Gagich was my math teacher in Freeburg Il...she was y favorite teacher. She didnt just teach math she was also a great person would listen to anything the students had to talk about...i think its great shes at gchs!

“Try my Troll House cookies!”

Since: May 10

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#16 Jan 17, 2013
oh Great Gagich wrote:
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I agree with what you're saying, but she has picked on me several times when she knew I was pregnant and underprivileged. And I'm not the only one, it's several of my friends as well.
keep- your damned legs closed!!!!

YOU have no business being pregnant at that age..

now on the positive hand...i applaud you for not walking away from your future and education during such a challenging time in your life...
Oh great judgemental

Granite City, IL

#17 Jan 17, 2013
Not Me wrote:
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An unwed, pregnant teen mom - not all it is cracked up to be is it? Are you upset that you did not get your MTV career going? Underprivileged and knocked up - sounds like you wanted special accommodations, privileges and consideration above what other students received - that type of self-entitlement attitude is going to keep you on welfare for along time.
Try to remember that no one owes you anything - except maybe your baby daddy. He might owe you some child support.
F*CK YOU, and twpr. As if it was any of your business, my "baby daddy" was my first and only Guy that I've ever seriously dated, kissed, and yeah obviously had sex with. You don't normally think about preventing pregnancy your first time. And I don't regret my baby, getting pregnant is the best thing that's ever happened to me and helped me to grow up alot. Sure, I wish I would have waited for marriage unlike just about everybody these days; but if I did I wouldn't have my precious child, and that's the one person I can't even IMAGINE my life without. Fyi, stop stereotyping all teen mothers the same. Cause I for one know that I am a D*MN good mother. NO, I did not want "special treatment", what I was expecting from a school official was SUPPORT. By "underprivileged" I meant that my family is low-income, and without many resources as of the moment. All I was asking from Ms.Gagich was a little understanding. But if our entire society today is built on judgmental ASSHOLES, then I guess I should have known better. And since you care so much about my future place in society, NO I do not plan on living on Welfare my whole life! My "baby daddy" is actually planning to marry me, got me a ring and everything. I plan on going to college to become an art teacher.
I honestly don't need to explain myself to you, and I suppose I was a little naive to think I could tell topix that I'm a teen mother and not receive every form of sh*t taking. It's like a dirty word around here. That was rather silly of me....
But it's such a shame that we have to label everyone these days. I didn't say Cindy was a bad person, I just said she wasn't a very nice at all. That was my first and last impression of her, and I doubt it will change.

“Try my Troll House cookies!”

Since: May 10

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#20 Jan 18, 2013
Oh great judgemental wrote:
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Idk what that nonsense you said about my child's name is about.. I've already named them. I am already a mother,
And lastly, I will use whatever language I please; they are just words, and as long as I don't express them in front of my child, I see no harm in it.
Who says 15-18 is too young to be a mom? In many cultures it isn't. You don't know me, you can't judge my entire character just from knowing one simple thing about me.
Yes, I am a mother in high-school. I am proud.
them?!!! plural? your ovaries are going to fall out before you are thirty!!!

15 to 18 is ok in some cultures you say? then go move to such third world regions of the world...it is considered taboo here und irresponsible..

just stay in school and i mean that in a constructive way...
Not Me

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Jan 18, 2013
I hope you do graduate from high school and then on to college. The odds are not in your favor and you already come from a socially and economically depressed background - the odds of you escaping it were already against you before you compounded the problem with an unplanned pregnancy. You have chosen a very difficult road for yourself and your child and you are rely on society to pay for your bad choices.

You should not be proud to be on welfare any more than you should be proud you have a child while you are still in high school. ANY idiot can have a child. It doesn't require a license or any special knowledge - people have been happy babies for thousands of years and yours is not any more special or unique than any other child born to an unwed teenage girl. Right now the tax payers are taking care of you and your child - You really have nothing to be proud of until you graduate from school and can contribute to society more than you take. You are not there yet Chica but good luck to you on that.

I am curious as to whether your mom was also a teen Mom? Why were you brought up in poverty? And why didn't you learn from your mother's example?
Oh great judgemental

Granite City, IL

#24 Jan 18, 2013
Oh wow, where to start!
See, as much as I would love to sit here and correct every little bit of how you both "guess" my life and upbringing are, I'll just be the bigger person and step away from all of this bullshit.
Also the more I correct you, the more you learn about my identity.

It really doesn't matter what you think of me, because the fact remains that you don't know me. And the more you THINK you know me, the more wrong you are. And that's how I'd like to keep it. Because I'd hate to know such close minded, awfully judgemental people such as yourselves. It's a shame you live off of picking arguments with someone you know so little about. Maybe you should take a good look at yourselves, and try to work a little bit on being a better person. In the long run, the only thing that matters is how you treated yourself and others. I'll say my goodbyes now, and let you go on about such nonsense and that feeling of gratification, thinking "Yes! My harsh words scared her off! She admits defeat!" It was wonderful chatting with you, I hope you both find happiness in your lives! I've found mine.
mari

Granite City, IL

#26 Jan 19, 2013
shlisten wrote:
She's the first female principal in Illinois? What took so long? Congrats to you Cindy.
Wrong!
mari

Granite City, IL

#27 Jan 19, 2013
the white power ranger wrote:
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did you not hear what she said?
she said in some cultures this is the cool thing to do!!!
she was taught by example!!!
i am going to stfu before i turn back to my old ways...
her parents and the little boys parents should be brought up on charges for child sexual exploitation...and make those dead beat grandparents foot the bill instead of the dhs office...there are at least 4 adult parents that failed two children..and i am guessing that one if not both homes are broken and there are step parents as well...
SICK SICK SICK!!!!!!!!!!
You are the sick one.

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