The Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system welcomed a new superintendent Monday at a community reception at its headquarters on McDaniel Avenue and bid farewell to its interim leadership at the regular monthly meeting of the board that followed the reception.
Although he’s spent countless hours in recent weeks in meetings with principals and other school officials, Dr. Paul Goren officially went on the payroll Monday, replacing the district’s interim leader, Barbara Hiller, who came out of retirement to hold down the proverbial fort following the sudden resignation last August of Hardy Murphy.
Evanston Township High School District 202 board members and officials, as well as Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other business and community leaders, turned out en masse to welcome the new superintendent, who has pledged to collaborate fully with his high school counterparts in creating a seamless educational experience for the Evanston and eastern Skokie students that attend schools in the two districts.
They are all part of a new “cradle to career” initiative, involving the two schools districts, Northwestern University, city government, and youth-oriented not-for-profit groups designed ultimately to eliminate or greatly reduce the educational achievement gap between students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
In remarks at the reception, Superintendent Goren challenged his staff, faculty, parents, and the community at large to daily ask themselves the question, “What have you done today to make a difference in the lives of our young people.”
Immediately following the reception, Goren took his seat with board members for the May regular meeting of the Board, which began with laudatory remarks directed at Ms. Hiller for her service as interim administrator. Hiller had formerly served as a teacher, principal, and administrator in the district.
Top: Mayor Tisdahl with Goren and Board President Quattrocki at the reception.