Shalema Francois-Blue | Provided

After serving two years as the executive director of special education at Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200, Shalema Francois-Blue has resigned from her position.

In a brief email sent to families early last week, Francois-Blue said she has decided to take on a new position “outside the district” but did not indicate where and that her last day is July 28.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to work with you all, and I wish you a wonderful journey ahead into the new school year,” she wrote in the email.

Francois-Blue could not be immediately reached for comment on her departure.

Francois-Blue took on the executive director role in July 2020 and was named the successor to Gwen Walker-Qualls who held the position for 14 years until her retirement, according to a school news release.

 Prior to coming to D200, Francois-Blue had served in other administrative roles, including a special education director in Lake County for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and supervised special education programs in Evanston/Skokie School District 65. 

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