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Niles North principal leaving Skokie high school at end of school year

Niles Township High School District 219 Superintendent Thomas Moore announced at a recent meeting that Niles North High School Principal James Edwards is set to leave at the end of the school year.

Moore said Edwards announced his upcoming departure before the winter break, and he wanted to give Edwards some time to be with the community while still finding a way to publicly thank him.

“I wish him (Edwards) happiness, joy and fulfillment, and I’m glad to get to continue learning from and with him over the next six months,” said Moore.

Moore made the announcement in his superintendent report at the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting.

Moore noted that Edwards would “graduate” with this year’s senior class and “will be focusing on the next steps of his life’s journey.”

Edwards declined to comment when reached by Pioneer Press.

According to previous Pioneer Press reporting, Edwards was hired as Niles North’s principal and started the school year in 2016. He served as South Elgin High School’s principal for three years before that.

Edwards was assistant principal for curriculum for three years at Elmwood Park High School and, prior to that, served as an assistant principal at Morton West High School for a year and as dean of students for two years. He has also served as a classroom teacher.

According to the district’s website, Edwards earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Foundations at Chicago State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Secondary Education from DePaul University.

Moore said the district would start the hiring process within the coming weeks. “We will find someone who will take North to the next part of its journey,” said Moore.