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D65 reorganizes special ed

Evanston/Skokie School District 65’s special education programs, which have come under criticism from some parents of special ed students, have a new leader and organizational structure.

In a message to parents Tuesday, Superintendent Hardy Murphy said that he’s named Margie Lenoir-Davis as interim director of special services, replacing Geneva Oatman, who resigned last week.

He also said he’s restructuring the job so that it will report to the assistant superintendents for elementary and middle/magnet school operations. Oatman had reported directly to Murphy.

No reason for Oatman’s resignation was announced, but Murphy said, “We wish her all the best in the future.”

He said the appointment of Lenoir-Davis, who has worked in the district’s special education program for many years and who most recently was Oatman’s assistant, would provide “a smooth transition in leadership.”

Evanston/Skokie School District 65’s special education programs, which have come under criticism from some parents of special ed students, have a new leader and organizational structure.

In a message to parents Tuesday, Superintendent Hardy Murphy said that he’s named Margie Lenoir-Davis as interim director of special services, replacing Geneva Oatman, who resigned last week.

He also said he’s restructuring the job so that it will report to the assistant superintendents for elementary and middle/magnet school operations. Oatman had reported directly to Murphy.

No reason for Oatman’s resignation was announced, but Murphy said, “We wish her all the best in the future.”

He said the appointment of Lenoir-Davis, who has worked in the district’s special education program for many years and who most recently was Oatman’s assistant, would provide “a smooth transition in leadership.”

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