After rocky reign, Evanston (Ill.) school chief resigns

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

After a rocky 13-year reign as Evanston's elementary school district superintendent, Hardy Murphy abruptly resigned two weeks before the start of classes, leaving stunned supporters and detractors with questions.

With two years left on his contract, Murphy announced his departure last week — three days after he had already left the job — and said in a written release that he plans to "pursue consulting opportunities."

"The board and I agreed this is the right time for me to leave," he said through a district spokeswoman.

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