D97 administrator resigns

Alicia Evans, an asst. supt. of finance, has taken another job

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

A high-ranking administrator for Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 has announced her resignation. During a meeting on Dec. 15, the D97 school board accepted the resignation of Dr. Alicia Evans, the district's assistant superintendent of finance and operations.

Evans will take a position as assistant superintendent of business operations in a school district in the south suburbs. At Evans' request, D97 officials did not release the name of the south suburban district. 

 Evans was hired at D97 last March in a position that paid a starting salary of roughly $148,000. She replaced Therese O'Neill, who retired in 2016 after serving eight years in the position.

In a statement released on Dec. 15, Supt. Carol Kelley said that the search for Evans' replacement has already started. The district will soon be retaining an executive search firm to facilitate the search process.

"Alicia Evans has been a vital and valuable member of our district for the past two years," Kelley said. "Her leadership was particularly critical to the successful passage of our recent referenda, and her knowledge and expertise have helped strengthen our short- and long-term financial future. I thank her for her dedicated service during her time here, and wish her all the best in her new position." 

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Bridgett Baron  

Posted: December 17th, 2017 9:27 PM

Looking at Dist 227, it's going to be quite different from Oak Park and D97. D227 is three high school campuses totaling 3,000 students (D97 is K-8, 10 schools, 6,000 students), 80% are low income (D97 is 18%), and 20% of its students is college ready (D200 is 70%, the State is 51%).

Kline Maureen  

Posted: December 17th, 2017 12:03 PM

It is somewhat telling of the mind-set at D97 that the outgoing Finance Chief is first and foremost praised for her success at getting the D97 referendum pushed though. It would have been much better had her "knowledge and expertise" been used to find efficiencies and cost savings so the referendum would not have seemed necessary at this time. Her strengthening of D97's short- & long-term financial picture seems to have nothing to do with the expense side of the equation, just the revenue side (on the backs of Oak Park property owners). Sad! There's something wrong with this picture.

Kevin Anderson  

Posted: December 17th, 2017 6:52 AM

Dr. Evans does hold an MBA in addition to her doctorate. So I assume you're just asking for the next candidate to ALSO hold an MBA.

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: December 16th, 2017 7:31 PM

Rich Township High School released the news 3 weeks ago: http://www.rich227.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=502GG0&dasi=3U0B

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2017 6:49 PM

Let's get someone who understands how leases work. That would be vital and valuable, for a change.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: December 16th, 2017 3:42 PM

Neal: You mean someone who actually knows about finance? Now why would D97 possibly do such a thing?

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2017 3:34 PM

They should find an MBA.

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