By Laura Bollin
The Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 board of education has named its new superintendent, and for many people he will be a familiar face.
The school board has yet to vote to appoint the new district boss, but board President Joe Sorrentino has announced that Paul Enderle will take over the job after Art Fessler’s tenure ends June 30. Fessler has served as superintendent since 2009, and is leaving to take the same position in Community Consolidated School District 59 in Arlington Heights.
Enderle has served as principal at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School since 2009. He served as an assistant principal in District 123 for six years, and before that worked 10 years as an administrator and teacher at Luther High School South secondary school in Chicago.
Enderle holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in teacher education from Concordia University. He is working toward a doctorate degree in educational leadership at Concordia.
“Paul was so impressive, he stuck out head and shoulders above everybody,” Sorrentino said. “He brings great experience and expertise not only in the excellent educational leadership he has demonstrated over the past 10 years in our district, but also in his knowledge and connection with the broader Oak Lawn and Hometown communities.”
Sorrentino presented Enderle with a District 123 fleece jacket at the board’s meeting on April 22. Enderle thanked the board for the “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Being part of District 123 is my proudest accomplishment as an educator,” Enderle said. “I am excited for people to see what we do every day. I get to work with exceptional people, and it is a blessing. I think the best people in the world learn here. I am excited to get started. I want to make the school district the best it can be for all of our students, and be a district we can be proud of.”
Enderle’s three-year contract will begin July 1. His salary will be $140,000 per year. Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 includes Covington, Hannum, Kolmar and Sward Schools in Oak Lawn, Hometown School and Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School.