Moments ago, we received confirmation that Dr. Kevin Russell has resigned to become the Superintendent of Chicago Ridge School District 127 1/2 effective July 1, 2014. In a comment submitted to us, an anonymous teacher copied the email he sent out to all D181 staff last night and asked that we run it as a free standing post. Since this is significant news, we are complying with his/her request.
We will be publishing a post in the near future on the implications of this announcement. Until then, we invite our readers to sound off on this news.
Email from Dr. Russell:
From: Russell, Kevin <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM
Subject: Fwd: Kevin Russell
This evening, the Board of Education of Chicago Ridge School District 127½ approved my hiring as Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014. I will be filling the position of Superintendent Dr. Joyce Kleinaitis, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
This is an exciting opportunity for me and for my family, but it will be hard to leave District 181. I have truly enjoyed working with our incredible staff in my seven years here. We are in the midst of incredible work that I know will continue to further strengthen the outstanding education we provide thanks to you, the amazing professionals dedicated to our students’ success.
I will be working hard with the Department of Learning to continue supporting our schools as we prepare for the months ahead.
Dr. Kevin B. Russell
Assistant Superintendent of Learning