New Principal Named at Niles West

Current Niles West High School principal Kaine Osburn is leaving July 1. Now, District 219 has announced a new principal.

Well, that didn't take long.

Niles West principal Kaine Osburn recently announced that he will be leaving the school to become deputy superintendent of Naperville School District 203. Now, District 219 has announced  his successor.

Niles West assistant principal of student services Jason Ness has been named the next principal of the school, effective July 1. The District 219 school board approved his transfer at its Feb. 11 meeting.

Ness has led the school’s student services programs since he became assistant principal in 2009 and was responsible for guidance and college counseling, social work and nursing services, crisis intervention, coordinating response to intervention and student scheduling, according to a District 219 press release.  

From 2007 to 2009 Ness was the Principal of Niles Central, where he instituted a number of changes to provide a positive, incentive-based system for students to better meet their individualized learning plan goals. He began with D219 in 1999, when he was hired as a school psychologist at Niles North High School. 

Ness is a clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in school psychology from Loyola University of Chicago in 2004, with specialization in learning, assessment and school administration, D219 said. He earned a master’s degree in school psychology from Governors State University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


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