At a special meeting this evening, the Board of Education at Niles Township High School District 219 approved the hiring of Dr. Steven Isoye as superintendent, effective July 1, 2016. District 219 comprises three high schools: Niles West, Niles North, and Niles Central. While Dr. Isoye will be submitting his resignation to the District 200 Board, he plans to remain with Oak Park and River Forest High School through the conclusion of this school year, on June 30.
Dr. Isoye began his tenure as superintendent of District 200 with a three-year contract in July 2010, leaving his position as 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. Dr. Isoye received an additional five-year contract with District 200 in 2013, with several Board members noting at that time that they had been impressed by Dr. Isoye’s leadership and engagement.
Regarding this evening’s news, District 200 Board president Jeff Weissglass said, “I am very grateful to Steve for his service to District 200 over the last six years. His commitment to our students has been unwavering, striving for both excellence and equity, which is at the heart of our mission.” He went on to say that “through his quiet leadership, Steve has demonstrated a remarkable ability to navigate the many interests at stake in the midst of complex issues. While working closely with him in my role as Board president, he has taught me a tremendous amount about our school and about education more generally. I wish him all the best in his work at Niles.”
Reflecting on his years at the district, Dr. Isoye said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served for the Board of Education of Oak Park and River Forest High School for the past six years. I have had the opportunity to work with 16 Board members during that time. All 16 have had an incredible commitment to the students, school, and community. In addition to the Board, I have had the opportunity to work with truly dedicated faculty, staff, and students. I appreciate everything I have learned from the communities of Oak Park and River Forest. With three schools and nearly 5,000 students, the Niles Township High School position affords a unique opportunity that will allow me to continuously grow in my role as an educational leader.”
The Board plans to act swiftly to decide whether to hire an interim superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year and will begin an immediate search for a permanent replacement.