Officials: Glenbrook South principal resigns

  • Dr. Lauren S. Fagel

    Dr. Lauren S. Fagel

  • Glenbrook South High School's principal, Dr. Lauren S. Fagel, has resigned -- effective immediately -- after a special school board meeting Tuesday morning.

    Glenbrook South High School's principal, Dr. Lauren S. Fagel, has resigned -- effective immediately -- after a special school board meeting Tuesday morning. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer, June 2020

 
 
Updated 7/8/2021 4:00 AM

Glenbrook South principal Dr. Lauren Fagel has resigned, effective immediately.

The District 225 board of education approved a negotiated resignation agreement with Fagel at a special meeting Tuesday morning. There was no reason given during open session for her departure.

 

"The district wishes (Fagel) the best in her future endeavors," board President Bruce Doughty said after the motion passed unanimously.

In an email to the Daily Herald, Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns stood by an email sent Tuesday morning to district staff, parents and students announcing the resignation agreement with Fagel, and the district's next steps. He made no further comment.

Communications specialist Christina Salonikas likewise commented neither on the reason for the negotiated resignation nor the agreement.

Dr. Rosanne Williamson, the district's assistant superintendent for educational services, will be the interim leader at Glenbrook South while the district works with a search firm this fall to find a permanent replacement for Fagel, who holds master's degrees from Northwestern University and National Louis University and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins.

Before she came to District 225, Fagel served assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, technology, and assessment in Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115 for two years, and before that, was principal at Mundelein High School from 2008-13.

Williamson has been in her current position since 2009 and previously was associate principal for curriculum and instruction at Glenbrook North from 2003-09.

"It was one of the greatest honors of my lifetime to serve as principal of Glenbrook South High School," Fagel said in an email to the Daily Herald Tuesday night.

"I adored the students and staff, and I found tremendous joy in supporting their work and growth. I wish them all the best as they continue to move forward in ensuring that GBS is a safe, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive school community for all. All means all."

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