Principal Rouse announces departure at end of school year

March 19, 2019

(March 19, 2019) — Earlier today, in an email to faculty and staff, Oak Park and River Forest High School Principal Nate Rouse announced that he has submitted his resignation, effective June 30, 2019. The Board is expected to approve the resignation at its regular meeting this Thursday, March 21.

“I’ve accepted an exciting school program director position to begin the next phase of my educational career,” Mr. Rouse said in the email. “I want to focus on the national conversation regarding systemic change in American education through the lens of racial equity.” He also will continue his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which he began this past January.

“I want to thank Nate for his leadership during his 11 years as principal,” Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams said. “We will miss him but are excited for him and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Rouse’s decision has presented the opportunity to think creatively about how the district might leverage its organizational structure to further advance its strategic plan. One result is the recently approved position of executive director of equity and student learning, to help ensure that all policies, procedures, practices, etc.--every decision made in the district--is filtered through a lens of equity. Additional changes to the administrative structure will be shared later this week, at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.