Last night at its regular meeting, the Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dr. LeVar J. Ammons, the district’s inaugural executive director for equity and student success.
Dr. Ammons, who joined the district in July 2019, said he is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
During his tenure, Dr. Ammons has made a number of notable contributions to advancing the district’s racial equity work. These include writing the 12-part procedure document that supports the district’s racial equity policy, implementing a protocol for reporting racial incidents, and collaborating on professional development focused on culturally responsive teaching.
Dr. Ammons also has broadened the reach of the district’s equity work beyond OPRF High School. He has participated on the advisory council helping to develop an anti-racism strategic plan for the Oak Park Public Library, presented to the Park District of Oak Park’s equity team, and created a national network of school district equity directors.
“Dr. Ammons has added greatly to our momentum with racial equity work,” Supt. Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams said. “We so appreciate his work and wish him the best in his future pursuits.”
Dr. Pruitt-Adams went on to add, “The district remains unshakeable in its commitment to racial equity, and we will move forward as quickly as possible in hiring a replacement.” The district will begin the search for a new executive director of equity and student success after the hiring of a new superintendent, which is anticipated to take place at the April 22 regular Board meeting. Dr. Pruitt-Adams announced this past December that she is retiring at the conclusion of this school year, on June 30.