D200 Superintendent Steven Isoye, who is leaving for Niles Township High School District 219 after this school year | Submitted

District 200 Superintendent Steven Isoye is leaving for the superintendent’s position at Niles Township High School District 219, according to a statement released by the district today.

Isoye was hired by the Niles school board at a special meeting Friday night and is scheduled to start work at the school July 1. He’ll remain at Oak Park and River Forest High School until the end of the school year on June 30.

So far, it isn’t known how aware board members were that Isoye was entertaining a position elsewhere. District 200 Board President Jeff Weissglass could not be contacted immediately.

“I am very grateful to Steve for his service to District 200 over the last six years,” Weissglass noted in the district statement. “While working closely with him in my role as Board president, he has taught me a tremendous amount about our school and about education more generally. I wish him all the best in his work at Niles.”

In the statement, Isoye lauded the D200 school board for its “incredible committment to our students, school and community” throughout his six years at the helm — a period in which he worked with 16 different board members.

Isoye was hired by the district in July 2010 on a three-year contract. Before his tenure at D200, he was principal of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, where he was the Horace Mann/Illinois Principals Association’s Illinois High School Principal of the Year in 2010.

In 2013, the D200 board authorized a five-year contract for Isoye, with several board members “noting at that time that they had been impressed by Dr. Isoye’s leadership and engagement,” according to the district’s statement.

According to district officials, the D200 board plans to begin an immediate search for Isoye’s permanent replacement and will decide on hiring an interim superintendent for the 2016-17 school year in the coming days.

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