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District 65 names interim school leaders

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The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board at a brief special meeting this morning appointed Barbara S. Hiller as chief administrative officer for the school year that starts Monday.

Hiller, who retired from District 65 in 2005, has worked since then as an administrator coach for the Consortium for Educational Change.

School Board President Tracy Quattrocki said Hiller "has spent almost 30 years of her professional career in District 65" as a teacher, principal of Nichols Middle School and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Quattrocki said, "Her experience will be invaluable to the day-to-day operational management of our schools."

Mary Brown, the district's business manager, will perform duties that under state law are required to be handled by a state-endorsed superintendent.

Brown will carry the title interim superintendent for the coming year and will continue to be the business manager and school treasurer.

Hiller said that because she's worked with many current staff members in the district, she's confident everyone will work together to "make sure that the Evanston/Skokie school community has a smooth transition this year."

The board's appointments fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Superintendent Hardy Murphy, who resigned effective Aug. 9.

Next month the board plans to begin the process of selecting a permanent superintendent to be hired for the 2014-15 school year.

Quattrocki said, in an emailed message to parents, that the interim leadership solution "did not burden the district with any additional administrative costs for the coming year, nor did it create any holes in our district leadership team."   

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