The resignations of Evanston/Skokie District 65 Board member Eileen Budde and two senior administrators—Susan Schultz and Ellen Fogelberg—were announced at the meeting of the district board Monday night.
Budde, a mathematics teacher who was elected to the board three years ago for a four-year term that would have ended next year, was not at the meeting, but her resignation was announced without elaboration by Board President Tracy Quattrocki.
The process for filling the vacancy on the seven-person board will be discussed at the Finance Committee meeting later this month, Quattrocki said.
Budde was a member of the Board Policy Committee and was one of two District 65 board representatives on the Joint District 65-District 202 Community Legislative Committee.
Schultz and Fogelberg are the two assistant superintendents and the two most senior members of the administration under the superintendent.
Their retirements were announced by the district’s new superintendent, Paul Goren, who started in his position just two weeks ago, on May 19.
Goren lauded his two colleagues for their “passion, enthusiasm, and dedication in serving our students, our families, and our staff.”
Schultz has been the assistant superintendent for middle, magnet, and special schools since 2005 and had served the previous three years as principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, the district’s first magnet school. Goren said that before joining the district, Schultz had been a high school, middle school, and elementary school principal for 15 years.
Fogelberg has been assistant superintendent for elementary schools for the past two years. She joined the district in 1987 as a reading teacher at Lincolnwood Elementary School and in 2006-07 was named literacy educator of the year by the Illinois Reading Association. She has been designated the recipient of the national 2014 reading recovery teacher leader award of the Reader Recovery Council of North America, Goren said.
Quattrocki praised the duo as “a very impressive team.”