Keshia Warner has resigned as the principal of Whittier Elementary School to accept a director position with a principal preparation program in Chicago. After serving as a school administrator for 11 years, including three years with District 97, Warner viewed this opportunity as a chance to use her knowledge and experience to help others develop their skills as building and instructional leaders.
The Board of Education is expected to accept Warner’s resignation during its meeting on Tuesday, July 18. While her final day with District 97 will be Friday, July 14, Warner has offered to assist with the transition in leadership following her departure.
The district plans to fill the principal position at Whittier with an interim for the 2017-18 school year, during which time a formal search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement for Warner.
Below is a statement from Superintendent Carol Kelley regarding this announcement.
Keshia Warner has been a valued member of our district and community for the past three years. I thank her for her leadership and service during her time at Whittier Elementary School, and wish her the best in her new endeavor.
As was the case with the recent opening at Brooks Middle School, we will be launching an internal search to find an interim principal for Whittier for the 2017-18 school year. If we are unable to find a viable option from within the district, we will expand the scope and parameters of this search until the position is filled. Our goal is to present our recommended candidate to the Board of Education during its meeting on August 15, 2017. If the board approves the appointment of this person, he/she will immediately assume the responsibilities of the position. If the board does not approve the appointment, we will resume the search, while also making sure that all of the necessary systems, structures and supports are in place to help ensure that the faculty, staff, students and families at Whittier enjoy a successful start to the school year.
In terms of hiring a permanent replacement for this position, we anticipate those efforts will begin after the first of the year, and will be carried out with the help of the school community. Our shared goal will be to find an individual who has the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to not only build upon Whittier’s history of success, but also help our students learn, grow and achieve.
We will keep the community updated on the status of our search efforts, and appreciate everyone’s continued support of our schools and the children we serve.