A top administrator at Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 has resigned from her position to take a post in another district, D97 officials announced in a statement released last week.
Amy Warke, D97’s chief academic and accountability officer, is leaving to take the position of superintendent for LaGrange Highlands School District 106, D97 officials said. Her last day in Oak Park is June 30.
“The board of education is expected to accept Warke’s resignation during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29,” the statement read. “The district will begin exploring the options for replacing Warke following winter break.”
In a statement, D97 Supt. Carol Kelley praised Warke’s tenure at the district. Warke came to D97 from Flossmoor School District 161 in 2016. At Flossmoor, she was an assistant superintendent of learning and instruction for five years prior to taking the D97 position.
“Amy Warke has been an incredible leader and valued member of our team during the past three years,” Kelley said. “She has worked tirelessly throughout her time here to advance our vision, build on the success of our schools, and help all of our children learn, grow and achieve. I thank her for everything she has done on behalf of our students, district and community, and wish her all the best in District 106.”
Kelley added that the district will “keep everyone updated on the status” of its efforts to hire Warke’s replacement.
“Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving as the chief academic and accountability officer for District 97,” Warke said in a statement. “During that time, I have had the chance to work alongside a group of immensely talented individuals whose tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of children have amazed and inspired me on a daily basis.”
Warke said that she “will always cherish my experiences here, as well as the people who have contributed to them. I will also never forget how special Oak Park is, or how much this community values the importance of education.
“While this change has given me the opportunity to reflect on my time in District 97, there is still a lot that needs to be done between now and June 30. That is why my primary focus over the next several months will be the continuation of the critical work we do to support the success of our students.”