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Eboney Lofton Appointed New Senior Director of Student Services

May 9, 2017

During its meeting on May 9, 2017, the District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Eboney Lofton as the senior director of special services. Lofton will be replacing Mike Padavic, who will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

“I want to thank Mike Padavic for his passionate and dedicated service to our district and community during the past eight years, and wish him the best in his retirement,” said Superintendent Carol Kelley. “I also want to congratulate Eboney on her appointment. Based on the exceptional job she has done since joining the district last year, I am confident Eboney will excel in this new role and help advance our vision of creating a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child.”

Lofton currently serves as District 97’s director of special education. Prior to joining the district, she held several different positions with Chicago Public Schools over the course of a 17-year period. She served as the executive director of specially designed instruction from 2011 to 2016, the psychology manager for the 2008-09 school year and a school psychologist from 2003 to 2008. She also taught elementary school from 1999 to 2002.

Lofton has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in Education and education specialist degree in School Psychology from National Louis University, and a certification in Leadership and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also currently working toward a doctorate in Educational Psychology from National Louis University.
Lofton, who currently resides in Chicago, said she is looking forward to continuing the work she began with the district this year.

“I am incredibly excited about this appointment, and am eager to build upon the outstanding efforts we have undertaken with our staff, parents/guardians and community to support the growth, development and learning of children with special needs,” said Lofton. “In the meantime, I want to thank the Board of Education and Superintendent Kelley for this tremendous opportunity. I also want to thank Mike Padavic for his valuable leadership and guidance during the past year. I consider it a true honor to be able to work in a place like Oak Park that has such a strong commitment to education and steadfast belief in the important role it plays in the success of every student we serve.”

Lofton’s tenure as the district’s senior director of special services will begin on July 1, 2017.