Churchill Daniels, principal of Oakton Elementary School in Evanston since 2007, announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, an administration spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Daniels, a native of Evanston who graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1994, has worked in the district for the past 14 years, as a 4th grade teacher at Oakton and a 6th and 7th grade language arts, reading, and social studies teacher at Chute Middle School.
He told the staff and parents at Oakton of his decision Friday, and Superintendent Paul Goren and Assistant Superintendent John Price met with parents and staff Monday night to discuss the principal selection process, according to District Communications Coordinator Melissa Messinger.
“The district is very committed to engaging the Oakton School community in the selection process,” she said, “and there will be several opportunities to do so.”
Daniels was a deliverer of bad news to the District 65 School Board in 2012, when test scores revealed that a special program at the school, known as the African Centered Curriculum, was not working as well as its proponents hoped.
Reading scores on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test had declined for ACC participants, while they had risen slightly for District 65 students as a whole.
The program, designed to improve performance among African-American students, features low student class sizes and increased family involvement.