Scott Helton Death – Scott Helton was a school head on a fundamental level.
At Addison Trail High School, he was the sort of chief you’d see at games or theater creations. To advance a school execution of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” he was happy to take on the appearance of an Oompa Loompa.
Helton stayed an overwhelming figure in the school network when he moved out of the essential’s office and assumed control of DuPage High School District 88.
“At the point when I went to secondary school, I was unable to reveal to you the name of my head,” educational committee President Donna Craft Cain said. “Be that as it may, I figure those children did, and in any event, when he became director, he was as yet in the schools however much that he could be.”
Helton kicked the bucket Thursday night, leaving the area of in excess of 3,900 understudies without its top manager. Helton had a stroke in late October, fourteen days in the wake of contracting COVID-19, Cain said.
A dad to three children, Helton spent quite a bit of his schooling vocation in the locale, first as a head for a very long time at Addison Trail and afterward as the administrator for as far back as eight.
“He was happy to do whatever was important to assist understudies with being occupied with learning and assist them with turning into the best individuals they could be,” Cain said.
Helton put an accentuation on working with universities and colleges to extend double credit classes so the locale’s understudies could acquire school credit and get a head start on their future while still in secondary school.
He additionally extended open doors for understudies who may have recently been disregarded to take school level Advanced Placement courses.
“One of the objectives was to ensure each understudy was graduating with school credit or some professional preparing,” Cain said. “He was enthusiastic about keeping the profession and specialized classes going just as our crafts and our music.”
Value issues stayed at the bleeding edge in a region where understudies from low-pay families establish almost 54% of the understudy body at Addison Trail and 36.5% at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.
Prior to the pandemic constrained a change to far off learning, the region had just acquired an award from Sprint to guarantee understudies had web associations.
“He was especially about ensuring that everyone had what they required,” Cain said.
Helton endeavored to help educational systems that feed into District 88, with the common objective of giving a consistent change from center to secondary school.
Addison Elementary District 4 Superintendent John Langton considered Helton a “visionary” capable at uniting individuals and producing connections.
“He was a supporter of the whole network,” Langton said.
Helton held a wide scope of positions – science instructor, senior member of understudies, collaborator head and partner head – in various schools prior to coming to Addison Trail.
At that point, he clarified what propelled his vocation and his own way to deal with instruction.
“Other than my folks, the absolute most important individuals in my day to day existence were instructors, educators, mentors, action supports,” Helton said in 2001. “They disturbed. They sufficiently minded to discover what my identity was.”
Outside the locale, he instructed youth sports and filled in as the leader of the Rotary Club in Villa Park and Lombard, getting under way an arrangement to respect an individual club part and veteran.
The man had never gotten his secondary school recognition, having gone to battle in the Korean War. He would have moved on from York High School in Elmhurst.
Helton volunteered to contact the current York chief about getting the man his hotly anticipated certificate, Cain said.
“That is the sort of thing that he would do,” she said.
Cain said she’s not worried about an administration void in the area due to the way of life Helton imparted. He was a shared, “colossally steady” teacher who was available to groundbreaking thoughts and proposals, she said.
“He’s going to live on inside the region.”