A dozen applicants for both Oak Park middle-school principal positions will be screened by the superintendent starting next week.
The initial 75 applicants for the Brooks and Julian jobs have been narrowed to 12, and the district is still on track to make a hire this June at both schools, said District 97 spokesman Chris Jasculca. According to the district’s timeline, the current group will be whittled down to six or eight candidates, who will be interviewed by Supt. Roberts. They will also be interviewed by a stakeholder committee comprising parents and staff at each school.
The district was originally planning to hire a principal at Julian after Principal Victoria Sharts announced plans to retire this summer. The subsequent resignation of Brooks Principal Tom Sindelar in March opened up that position for a new hire as well. The district has decided to select the Brooks principal from the current pool of Julian applicants.