Friday, December 21, 2012
Dr. Courtney Orzel, currently the principal at Jack Hille Middle School, will become the district's superintendent on July 1, 2013. She replaces Dr. Margaret W. Longo, who is retiring.
Forest Ridge School District 142 has new leadership coming in at the beginning of the next school year, as current district Superintendent Dr. Margaret W. Longo is set to retire at the end of the current year. At the district's Dec. 18 board of education meeting, the board voted to appoint Jack Hille Middle School Principal Dr. Courtney Orzel as the district's new superintendent as of July 1, 2013. According to a letter that is posted on the district's website by board of education president Judith Schramm, the search process to replace Longo began in January of this 2012, when she announced her intentions to retire. The board then began the process of accepting applications and narrowing the field down to two finalists. Orzel, whose …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Forest Ridge School District Superintendent Margaret Longo announced this week that she is retiring, effective June 2013.
After seven years with Forest Ridge School District 142, Superintendent Margaret Longo is retiring, Sun-Times Media reports. Longo made the announcement at a District 142 school board meeting earlier this week. The retirement is effective June 2013. “I have not just enjoyed my time, I have loved every minute,” Longo is quoted as saying. “I can wake up every morning and be happy with my career. It’s hard work but important work.” Longo's career in education has spanned 34 years and includes time in school districts in Evergreen Park and Calumet City. Longo was not immediately available for further comment Friday.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The father of a boy who committed suicide after being bullied online will speak tonight. Read on to see the details.
In the anonymity of cyberspace, bullying can happen without a sound. Two middle schools have teamed up to bring a presentation by John Halligan, the father of a 13-year-old special needs student who took his own life after years of bullying. Officials hope the talk about Ryan Halligan's life in Vermont will bring attention to a quiet problem. “He was bullied in silence,” said Margaret Longo, superintendent of Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142. Both Jack Hille Middle School from District 142 and Arbor Park Middle School in District 145 are working together on the bullying awareness effort. The presentation for the community starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Arbor Park Middle School. Follow Oak Forest Patch on Facebook! Halligan’s story…