By Terry Dean
Oak Park and River Forest High School will likely hire an assistant principal this week, whose focus will be on curriculum.
OPRF, 201 N. Scoville, is poised to select a finalist for the newly created position, according to Principal Nathaniel Rouse. The school's building leadership is currently undergoing restructuring. With that, the new post will oversee instruction and also division chairs, while the current position of assistant principal for student health and safety is being phased out. About 90 applicants applied for the new post, and Rouse said the school will select a person from nine remaining finalists.
"Hopefully, next week, if I'm lucky," Rouse said last Thursday.
In related news, District 97 Superintendent Albert Roberts will take additional responsibilities in directly managing instruction in the Oak Park elementary school district.
The assistant superintendent for teaching and learning position will be eliminated at the end of the school year. Roberts said he's looking forward to being more hands-on with instruction. He'll have help overseeing curriculum in the district. Duane Meighan, who was hired last August as a curriculum coordinator, will oversee instruction at the elementary schools. Lisa Schwartz, also hired last year, will coordinate instruction at the middle schools.