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Oak Park and River Forest High School has named Don Vogel, a school administration with a 33-year employment history with OPRF, as interim principal for the upcoming school year.

Vogel was approved by the District 200 Board of Education at a special board meeting on Tuesday. The vote was 6-1 with board member Sharon Patchak-Layman voting no.

Vogel previously served as director of instructional technology and as division head for business education and library services. His salary as interim is comparable to a division head.

He’ll serve as interim principal for one year. School officials said a search for a permanent principal will begin in the fall. The search, officials said, will be open to qualified candidates, including Vogel if he chooses to apply.

Vogel was selected from a pool of eight to 10 in-house candidates. The selection for an interim comes after the school failed to find a permanent selection this summer.

Vogel has served in other capacities in his 33 years at OPRF, including a stint as summer school director from 1993-2000.

Supt. Attila Weninger said that he and Vogel will work to put in place a new administrative structure for next year.

That structure will be made public next month.

Look for extended coverage of the interim principal selection in the July 25 issue of Wednesday Journal.

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