OPRF hires new assistant principal for instruction

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

The District 200 School Board has tapped an administrator from Evanston Township High School to become the new assistant principal for instruction at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Chala (Shay-la) Holland was hired Tuesday by the OPRF board. She officially starts July 1, at a salary of $118,000. She's currently director of academic support and summer school principal for Evanston Township, according to the school's website.

The assistant principal for instruction is a new position within OPRF's building leadership, part of an overall administration reorganization. Holland will oversee all matters of instruction, as well as department chairs. She'll report directly to Principal Nathaniel Rouse.

Rouse was not reachable by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday Journal will have additional coverage in next week's paper.

Click here to read about Holland's 2008 education award from the state, published in Evanston Now.

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Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 10:15 AM

frequent, violent street crime (last week's gunshots downtown a recent but not isolated example) desperately needs high quality schools to counteract the many drawbacks to living here. Let's hope our very highly paid school bureaucrats are seriously working on that.

Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 10:13 AM

Assistant principal for instruction sounds like one of those education bureacracy jobs whose incumbent could do nothing and collect a salary or could actually make a difference. How will we know? We do know that OPRF High School doesn't have the same reputation for quality as it had in previous decades. How will we know if this and other new Board hires actually contribute to reversing that trend. And how soon will change come? Oak Park, with its extremely high property taxes and (contd)

Phil of Good Ideas  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 2:53 PM

Yeah, we should suck all the resources out of our schools, so that we can properly compete with Chicago. The Del Webb community is in nearby Huntley, and no taxes there go to any service that children may need. I suggest you leave.

Tax Poor in OP from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:44 PM

Perfect! Another overpaid administrator for District 200 - yay Oak Park!

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