CHICAGO (CBS) — With Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson stepping down at the end of the month, and a search still underway for her permanent successor, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday named former Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy president José Torres as the district’s new interim chief.
“Serving the incredible students, staff, and families of Chicago Public Schools at this critical time is an immense privilege, and I am grateful to be returning to the CPS family,” Torres said in a statement issued by the mayor’s office. “I’m honored that Mayor Lightfoot and the Board of Education have put their faith in me, and I’m eager to begin helping our schools recover from this incredibly challenging year.”
Torres recently retired as head of the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, after six years. Before that, he served for six years as the superintendent at Elgin School District U-46, the second largest school district in Illinois. He also was once a regional superintendent for CPS from 2006 to 2008.
“From the East Coast to the West Coast, to right here in the Midwest, Dr. Torres has a proven track record of improving the lives of public school students and staff,” Lightfoot said in a statement Monday afternoon. “His decades of experience, as well as his past leadership roles, make him a great candidate for the role of interim CPS CEO and I am confident that he will lead us well through this critically important transition. I want to congratulate Dr. Torres on this opportunity to serve our city once more and look forward to seeing how he prepares our children for success in the very near future.”
Pending approval from the Chicago Board of Education next week, Torres will begin as interim CEO on July 1. He will stay on until a permanent successor is named.
Jackson is stepping down from CPS after her contract expires on June 30.
Lightfoot also announced CPS chief equity officer Maurice Swinney would be the district’s interim chief education officer, replacing LaTanya McDade, who resigned at the end of the school year to become superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia.
CPS senior adviser Lindy McGuire will serve as the district’s interim chief operating officer, replacing Arnie Rivera, who also is leaving the district.
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June 14, 2021 at 01:30PM