OPRF principal resigns

Nate Rouse to leave position at end of June

March 19th, 2019 4:06 PM

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park and River Forest High School Principal Nate Rouse announced today that he has resigned from his position, effective June 30.

Rouse said in a letter emailed to faculty, staff and parents that he has "accepted an exciting school program director position to begin the next phase of my educational career."

He did not give details about the new position.

"I want to focus on the national conversation regarding systemic change in American education through the lens of racial equity," Rouse said in the press release.

Rouse noted that he will continue his pursuit of a doctorate in education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"I want to thank Nate for his leadership during his 11 years as principal," Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams said in the press release. "We will miss him but are excited for him and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

The press release stated that his decision has "presented the opportunity to think creatively about how the district might leverage its organizational structure to further advance its strategic plan."

An example is the school's creation of an executive director of equity and student learning. This position will help ensure that all decisions at the school are made through a racial equity lens, the press release notes.

The press release added that more changes to the school's administrative structure will be announced at the Board of Education's meeting set for Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.