Superintendent Dr. Art Fessler announced his resignation Monday night via an email blast to Dist. 123 staff and families. Dist. 123 is comprised of Sward, Covington, Hannum, Kolmar and Hometown Elementary Schools, and Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School. Fessler, who lives in Barrington, says he's accepted a position closer to home. We wish him all the luck in the world. Dr. Fessler will be greatly missed. Here is the entireity of his letter:
Dear Dist. 123 Staff and Families:
I am writing this letter to inform you that I will be leaving the district at the end of the 2012-2013 school year to accept a superintendent position in Community Consolidated School District 59, which is closer to my family and residence in West Dundee.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Oak Lawn-Hometown school community the past two and a half years. I have worked with many extraordinary people in District 123 including a board of education who has always worked tirelessly as volunteers to ensure the best for the children in our district. I have also been fortunate to have the distinct pleasure to work with some of the most talented administrators, teachers and staff members in the field of public education. Throughout my time in D123, these talented, caring individuals have been a true inspiration.
I am proud of the efforts of students, staff and parents that have contributed to the successful growth demonstrated in many areas of our schools. Our district’s work in the area of curriculum and instruction and infusion of technology far surpasses many Illinois school districts. The framework in place will sustain and enhance the educational prospects of our children for many years ahead. Through collaborative processes, our faculty and staff have worked to ensure that high-quality and relevant educational opportunities exist for all students.
I am proud of our record of continuous improvement in the areas of student progress and achievement and the initiatives we have put in place to continue moving our district in an upward trajectory. I am also proud of the work we have accomplished to provide our children with lifelong skills, knowledge, and opportunities to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
The board of education is in the process of initiating the search for the next superintendent of schools. Specific details and timelines will be shared with stakeholders prior to winter break.
Please know that the Oak Lawn-Hometown community and families will remain in my heart forever. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent over these past several years.
Dr. Art Fessler