Warke Resigns as Chief Academic and Accountability Officer

Dr. Amy Warke has resigned from her position as the district’s chief academic and accountability officer to accept the position of superintendent for LaGrange Highlands School District 106. Her final day with District 97 will be June 30, 2019.
 
The board of education is expected to accept Warke’s resignation during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The district will begin exploring the options for replacing Warke following winter break. 

Below are statements from Superintendent Carol Kelley and Dr. Warke regarding this announcement. 

Statement from Superintendent Carol Kelley
Amy Warke has been an incredible leader and valued member of our team during the past three years. She has worked tirelessly throughout her time here to advance our vision, build on the success of our schools, and help all of our children learn, grow and achieve. I thank her for everything she has done on behalf of our students, district and community, and wish her all the best in District 106. 

In terms of hiring Amy’s replacement, we will begin those discussions when we return from winter break, and will keep everyone updated on the status of our efforts. In the meantime, I wish you all the happiest of holidays, and thank you for your continued support of our schools and the students we serve.
 
Statement from Dr. Amy Warke
Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving as the chief academic and accountability officer for District 97. During that time, I have had the chance to work alongside a group of immensely talented individuals whose tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of children have amazed and inspired me on a daily basis. That is why it is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will be leaving the district on June 30, 2019, to accept the position of superintendent for LaGrange Highlands School District 106. 
 
I will always cherish my experiences here, as well as the people who have contributed to them. I will also never forget how special Oak Park is, or how much this community values the importance of education. 
 
While this change has given me the opportunity to reflect on my time in District 97, there is still a lot that needs to be done between now and June 30. That is why my primary focus over the next several months will be the continuation of the critical work we do to support the success of our students.
 
For now, though, I want to thank you for affording me the great honor of serving this tremendous community and the wonderful people who live here.