OPRF open to exploring shared human resources duties with District 97

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Oak Park and River Forest High School is interested in talking with District 97 about possibly sharing human resources services, says District 200 Supt. Steven Isoye.

Isoye said he's not sure of those services would involve personnel, processes or both, but that would need to be discussed. Both Oak Park school districts are without a permanent HR director.

OPRF has hired one interim director and plans to hire another to share duties, Isoye said. D97 is poised to hire an interim director before the start of the 2013-2014 school year, according to Roberts.

D97's HR director, Joanne Schochat, resigned last month. OPRF in March opted not to renew the contract of its HR director, Lauren Smith, for the upcoming school year. It was Roberts who reached out to D200 about sharing HR duties, something that wouldn't happen for at least a couple of years.

"We need to talk it through completely and do want to have those conversations," Isoye said.

Concerning the decision to hire two interims at OPRF, Isoye said that was the right thing to do for the high school. The school hired John Carlson, a retired Niles Township school administrator, as interim HR director earlier this month.

The other interim director will share duties and split time with Carlson, Isoye said.

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