Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board President Tracy Quattrocki sent a letter to families of District 65 students Monday to advise them of the resignation of Superintendent Hardy Murphy.
Quattrocki, in the early months of her second four-year term on the Board, has frequently clashed publicly at board meetings with the outgoing superintendent, and his departure was not unexpected following last April’s school board elections.
Quattrocki was constrained in her public remarks to the press Monday, citing legal advice, on the grounds that the departure was a personnel matter, but she assured the families of the district’s students that the board will act quickly to fill the leadership void while providing ample opportunity for community input.
In that regard, she called a meeting of the Board for 5 p.m. Monday to address the situation.
Following is the text of her letter:
Dear District 65 Families,
Hardy Murphy, Ph.D. announced his resignation as District 65's Superintendent of Schools today to pursue consulting opportunities. The Board of Education and he recognize that this is a difficult time of year for a major transition. However, we believe that the timing is best given the opportunities Dr. Murphy is considering.
The Board has initiated a search for an interim superintendent for this school year and will begin the process for hiring a permanent superintendent to commence in the Fall of 2014. We trust that the well-established District 65 leadership team will be very effective in facilitating the transition until an interim superintendent is hired. Families should continue to contact the appropriate administrator with any questions or concerns about their child's school experience. We know that the talented and committed teachers and principals will be there for you to ensure a smooth start to our upcoming school year.
Going forward, the Board will begin the search process for a permanent superintendent in mid-September. As that process unfolds, the Board will work hard to ensure that the community has ample opportunity to provide input into the process before a superintendent is hired to serve our District for the next generation of students.
The Board thanks Dr. Murphy for his 13 years of distinguished service. His career in our district has been marked by innovative instructional initiatives that led to increased student achievement and the successful implementation of state and nationally recognized programs. His leadership was rooted in his strong desire to see that all of District 65's students had the best opportunity for academic success, and we wish him well.”