The principal of Mann Elementary School, 921 N. Kenilworth Ave. in Oak Park, announced on June 25 that she will resign to take an administrative position within District 97.
Faith Cole, who has been at Mann School since 2014, was recently selected to be D97's director of the Multi-Tiered System of Support, an educational model the district employs to provide students with data-based academic and behavioral resources.
In a statement released June 25, D97 Superintendent Carol Kelley explained that the school board is expected to accept Cole's resignation and approve her appointment as the new MTSS director at a regular meeting on July 16.
During the same meeting, the board is expected to approve the appointment of Cheryl Sullivan as Mann's interim principal for the 2019-20 school year. Sullivan is currently a student support specialist at Mann School.
In a letter sent June 25 to Mann families and staff, Cole said that she was excited about the new opportunity, but sad "because it means leaving the position, place and people that have meant so much to me over the past five years. However, it is the success we have enjoyed as a school community during that time, as well as the growth I have made both personally and professionally in my role as principal, that motivated me to pursue this position."
In her statement, Kelley praised Cole's "hard work, passionate commitment to education and tireless advocacy for students," which "have helped Mann School build on its long and impressive history of success."
Kelley said that Sullivan was selected as interim principal based on the "skills, knowledge and expertise" she's exhibited in the district for more than 15 years.
"The appointment of an interim will afford us ample time to conduct a formal and comprehensive search to find a permanent replacement for the position," Kelley explained. "As part of this search, which we anticipate will begin in December, we will work closely and collaboratively with our various stakeholders to identify a candidate who will build on Mann's tradition of excellence and help our students learn, grow and achieve."
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