Oakton Elementary School principal announces resignation

Tori Latham, City Editor

The principal of Oakton Elementary School announced his resignation this week, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 said Thursday.

Churchill Daniels Jr. told staff March 27 of his decision to step down and sent a letter to all Oakton Elementary families the same day. He served as principal at the elementary school, 436 Ridge Ave., for the past eight years and will leave his post at the end of the school year, according to the district.

“We thank Mr. Daniels for his dedication and commitment to serving the students, staff and families of Oakton Elementary School,” said Paul Goren, District 65 superintendent, in a news release. “We wish Mr. Daniels success in his future endeavors.”

In his letter, Daniels said he was fortunate to be part of the school’s community and he will continue to pursue work in the public education sector.

Goren and assistant superintendent John Price met with parents and staff Monday to discuss the new principal selection process.

“We are committed to actively engaging the school community in selecting the next principal at Oakton Elementary,” Goren said in a news release. “It’s important that we hear from the many voices that make up this diverse school community. We look forward to working alongside our parents and staff members throughout this important process.”

The school’s community will be able to provide feedback and help with the process of choosing a new principal over the next two months. An exact timeline for the process has not yet been decided.

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