The Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education on June 9 voted to approve a three-year, performance-based contract for Chala Holland as principal of Lake Forest High School. Her contract stipulates a salary of $160,000/year. Board member Ted Moorman was the only dissenting vote.
The meeting took place in front of a packed crowd in the LFHS West Campus gym. Daily North Shore reporter Emily Spectre covered the meeting and will have a story up this morning.
Here is the video of the meeting, provided by Ed Johnson and his team at LFTV.
The following is the text of an email letter sent to parents after the board meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The District 115 Board of Education has voted to extend a contract to Dr. Chala Holland to serve as Principal of Lake Forest High School, effective July 1, 2015.
Dr. Holland currently serves as the Assistant Principal for Oak Park-River Forest High School. Dr. Holland has built a career on inspiring students to challenge themselves in all kinds of environments to continuously grow and develop as individuals. As a passionate advocate for all students, Dr. Holland is a results-oriented leader with a strong foundation for collaboration across all aspects of the learning continuum.
Some of Dr. Holland’s accomplishments include the following:
- The development and implementation of expanded Advanced Placement initiatives
- Professional development for teachers
- Student assistance programs
- AP Summer School “boot camp”
- Recognized for excellence by the Illinois State Board of Education (2008)
Chala’s devotion to students’ social/emotional and academic wellbeing set her apart from other qualified candidates. Additionally, her entire body of work experiences, accomplishments, personal references, and testimonials reflect her educational passion and commitment to students and why she is the best person to serve our students and school community.
Board President Reese Marcusson states, “The Board of Education has listened to community concerns and thoroughly considered all information. I thank the community for their patience and my fellow board members for dedicating their time and energy to this important matter. The District 115 Board of Education has an unwavering commitment to our community and students.”
Mr. Marcusson went on to further state, “Dr. Holland is a passionate, thoughtful educator. Her track record as a school leader demonstrates a deep concern for the value of every member within our school community. She loves education, she loves students, she loves teaching and learning.”
Dr. Holland earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwestern University, a master’s in education from DePaul University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Holland serves on the McGaw YMCA Board of Directors.
A number of questions arose during the principal search process. In an effort to clarify some of those questions, the following link is provided: http://www.lakeforestschools.org/data/files/gallery/ContentGallery/4Principal_FAQs__JPAW33.pdf?utm_source=An+Announcement+from+Lake+Forest+High+School&utm_campaign=principal+&utm_medium=email