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Machak to stay at Dist. 124

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  Officials in Evergreen Park School District 124 will not be seeking a new superintendent.
  Supt. Robert Machak has withdrawn his name from the superintendent search in Park Ridge School District 64 where he was one of two finalists for the position.
  “I shared my decision with our board of education and teaching staff last week. I am grateful for the wonderful students, staff, parents and my administrative colleagues here in District 124,” Machak said in an email.
  He added that he is looking forward to seeing projects initiated since he became superintendent 18 months ago come to fruition.
  “I am looking forward to seeing these projects, such as our one-to-one technology initiative and the Central Junior High School transformation into a true middle school, through to their completion,” he said. “I feel blessed to be a member of this school community, and I hope to remain here a long time.”
  Machak met on Jan. 9 with principals, assistant principals and administrators as well as PTO and union representatives, District 64 board president Anthony Borrelli said. The meetings were followed by a three-hour interview with the school board.
  The board was expected to meet Jan. 15 to discuss the candidate visits. Board members will then visit the preferred candidate’s school district. It hopes to announce the new superintendent at its Jan. 28 meeting, Borrelli said.
  Machak is in his second year as District 124 superintendent. Previously, he was superintendent for four years of Emmons Elementary School District 33 in Antioch.
  He also has served as a principal in West Northfield School District 31 in Northbrook for a decade and as an assistant principal in Hawthorn School District 73 in Vernon Hills for a year. He began his career in education teaching English for eight years.
  A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Machak received his master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and his doctorate from National-Louis University.