Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren’s contract has been extended for an additional three years, and Assistant Superintendent John Price has accepted a position as superintendent of schools in North Chicago, effective June 30.
Those announcements were made at this week’s meeting of the district’s Board of Education.
Goren, who succeeded Hardy Murphy in 2014 as the district’s top paid official, received praise from Board President Candance Chow, who said his contract extension demonstrated the board’s “confidence in his ability to lead us through the next stage of our service to the children and families of Evanston and Skokie.”
She stressed that upcoming economic and political challenges for the district “are the most challenging any of us have ever seen,” but she expressed confidence that “Dr. Goren is up to the challenge, and we look forward to leading through it with him.”
The superintendent’s original contract was set to expire in 2018. The board approved the replacement of that contract with a new five-year performance-based contract effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021. For the current school year, his salary will remain at $250,000. Any future increases will be determined by the board. according to a district spokesperson.
Goren was Senior Vice President for Programs at The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in Chicago. Previously, he served as the Interim Chief for Strategy & Accountability for Chicago Public Schools as well as the Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Strategic Services for Minneapolis Public Schools.
One of the administrators Goren brought into the district was John Price, who managed a sector of schools for the Chicago Public School system.
His selection by North Chicago District 187 will be his first superintendency, but Goren pointed out “that he will still be with us until June 30.”
Goren had good things to say about his protégé and expressed his appreciation to Price for his “deep commitment to teaching and learning” and for “raising the game of all of our principals and all of our administrators.”
In a subsequent statement released Wednesday, Goren said: “John has demonstrated a deep commitment to fostering high quality teaching and learning and promoting equity throughout our schools. For over two years, he has championed opportunities for professional growth and the development of strong leadership skills for school administrators. John is a tremendous leader and the District 187 community is very fortunate to have him. We wish him nothing but continued success in his new role.”