The principal of Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park has resigned, according to a statement released by District 97 officials. Principal LeeAndra Khan reportedly has taken a position as head of an undisclosed charter school management organization in Chicago.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will employ an interim principal at Brooks Middle School for the 2017-18 school year while conducting a formal search for Khan’s permanent replacement, officials said.
In a statement, District 97 Superintendent Carol Kelley thanked “Khan for her dedicated service to Brooks and District 97 during the past two years, and wish her the best in her new position.”
Kelley said the district has launched an internal search for an interim principal in order allow “ample time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive search to find a permanent replacement for the position.”
The superintendent added that the district believes an internal appointment “who knows the district and the Oak Park community, and is familiar with the work we are undertaking in conjunction with our vision, will provide continuity in the building during this critical transition period, while also helping us meet the needs of our students and their families.”
Kelley said she anticipates that the search for a permanent principal will begin “following the first of the year.”
The school board is expected to accept Khan’s resignation during its meeting on June 27. Khan’s last day at Brooks is June 30.
Khan couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.