Another Oak Park Elementary School District 97 employee has resigned. Gina Herrmann, a senior director of human resources, recently announced plans to leave the district for a new position at Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, according to a news release issued May 27 by the district.

Herrmann’s resignation came shortly after Beye Elementary School Principal Jennifer Schemidt announced her departure from the district after a single year last month. The Board of Education is expected to approve Herrmann’s resignation at the June 8 meeting, the release stated. Schemidt and Herrmann’s final days with the district is June 30.

Herrmann has served as the district’s senior director of human resources for the past two years and will take on the role of assistant superintendent of human resources at Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills. Schemidt became principal of Beye in 2020, after longtime principal Jonathan Ellwanger retired. Schmedit, a former employee of Naperville Unit School District 203, looks to return to Naperville for a school psychologist position.

In the news release, Herrmann shared her gratitude toward the district and having the chance to work alongside “the exceptional leadership” of D97 staff and board members. “This was not an easy decision, but one that allows me to work closer to home and continue to grow professionally,” Herrmann said.

The district plans to fill Herrmann’s and Schemidt’s position and will update the community on those hiring efforts, the release stated.

Interim Superintendent Patricia Wernet and Board President Jung Kim offered their thoughts on Herrmann’s departure. They acknowledged Herrmann’s dedication, expertise and leadership, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The board of education is sad to see Gina Herrmann leave our district,” Kim said. “She has worked tirelessly since her arrival, and her leadership has been particularly vital during this difficult and challenging year. We wish her the absolute best in her new position. She will be difficult to replace.”

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