School Board renews Supt. Isoye's contract for five years

November 8, 2012

The Oak Park and River Forest High School Board of Education is pleased to announce that it has signed a five-year contract extension for Supt. Dr. Steven Isoye. The current contract with the Superintendent expires on June 30, 2013. The new contract will be in effect from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2018. Dr. Isoye has agreed to a hard salary freeze for the 2012-2013 school year.

“I am so proud and so thrilled at the opportunity we have in front of us,” Board President Terry Finnegan said. “I look forward to Steve’s continued leadership of the District.”

The contract was approved at a special meeting of the Board earlier this week. Several Board members noted that they have been impressed by the leadership and engagement Dr. Isoye has shown since beginning his role in July 2010. Those skills are particularly important now, as Dr. Isoye leads the community through the process of creating a five-year strategic plan for the District. A plan is expected to be presented to the Board for its approval in late spring 2013. Board member Valerie Fisher noted the “relish” with which Dr. Isoye has approached the planning process. “This isn’t just an exercise—you really want input from the community. That is a microcosm of what your approach to the District is.”

In expressing his appreciation for the opportunity to continue his work with the District, Dr. Isoye said, “We are at a very interesting point this year. There is no doubt that this is a community school. With strategic planning, we are asking community members, including faculty, staff, students, parents, and community leaders, what they believe the school should look like in the future. It’s an opportunity to go beyond what we see in front of us and see how bold we might be with our vision. In the next five years, it will be important for me to take the mission and goals from the community and turn them into a reality. It’s quite exciting.”

Under the terms of the new contract, Dr. Isoye will be responsible for meeting five specific goals during the next five years. These include providing leadership and recommendations to eliminate systemic inhibitors to success for students and staff of color; providing leadership in developing and implementing the forthcoming strategic plan; and recommending steps to preserve prudent fund balances while maintaining and upgrading facilities and academic programs.

Prior to becoming Superintendent of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Dr. Isoye was principal of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, where he was named 2010-2011 Illinois High School Principal of the Year by the Horace Mann/Illinois Principals Association. Since 1998, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

Before his leadership at Maine East, Dr. Isoye was principal of Warren Township High School's freshman-sophomore campus in Gurnee, where he also served as head of the Division of Science, Industrial Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences from 2000 through 2003. While at Highland Park High School from 1997 to 2000, he served as science department chair. In 1998, he was named the Illinois State Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education and received the Milken Educator Award. Prior to taking on administrative leadership roles, Dr. Isoye taught science at Deerfield High School, The Latin School in Chicago, and Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

Dr. Isoye has an Ed.D., Ed.S., and M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University; an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University; and a B.S. magna cum laude in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Northern Illinois University.