Seldess gets Nichols job after board revotes


Following a tumultuous meeting last month, the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board had second thoughts and approved Joshua Seldess as interim assistant principal at Nichols Middle School.

The announcement came after a special board meeting held late Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning, the district sent the following letter from Superintendent Paul Goren and Board President Candance Chow to the Nichols community:

“As many of you know, we have been working to fill the interim assistant principal’s position at Nichols Middle School. After careful review of our process and deliberations, we have moved forward together with a decision to approve Mr. Seldess as interim assistant principal. Along with Mr. Harries, we are looking forward to working with Mr. Seldess and the Nichols staff to have a successful and productive school year.”

Seldess had been offered the job in the summer and actually started working at the beginning of the school year in August, alongside Principal Adrian Harries, pending ratification of his contract by the board at its regular meeting on Aug. 29.

But at that meeting, the board voted not to approve the contract, and Seldess found himself out of a job.

Fifteen members of the public showed up at the next board meeting on Sept. 12, including Nichols parents and former colleagues of Seldess at New Trier and Oak Park River Forest high schools, urging the board to reconsider its decision.

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Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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