Evanston School District 65 officials have notified parents that Ginger Lumpkin will not be returning as principal of Walker Elementary School in the fall.

In a letter to parents on Thursday, Stacy Beardsley, interim superintendent, said that Lumpkin had informed staff and parents that she had requested an indefinite leave of absence but the school board determined that she would not be returning to the district.

“This is a confidential personnel matter and we are unable to share further details,” said Beardsley. “We appreciate Ms. Lumpkin’s leadership over the past two years and wish her the best.”

“Our district team is fully committed to supporting Walker students, staff, and families to ensure a smooth transition and a great start to the new school year,” said Beardsley. 

“We recognize the importance of stability and the short and long-term impact of appointing an interim principal. We have decided that it is in the best interest of the Walker community to move forward with a search for a full-time principal. This will limit the uncertainty and number of leadership transitions for the community.”

“We are committed to finding a high quality candidate that is the right fit for Walker,” she said. “If we do not believe we have the right person, it will be necessary to appoint an interim for the coming year.”

“We remain committed to a transparent and inclusive search process — one that is representative of the diverse voices of staff and families and is thorough in vetting the needs of the community,” said Beardsley.

She said more information will be sent to the entire Walker community on Monday.

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