Tina Halliman | Supplied photo
Updated: August 14, 2014 6:24AM
Cook County School District 130 has a new superintendent, hiring Tina Halliman, a former Blue Island resident who was a student in the district.
Halliman comes to the district from Oak Park and River Forest High School, where she was assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services and director of special education.
Halliman replaces Ray Lauk, whose contract was not renewed by the District 130 school board. Stephanie Fordice, district communications coordinator, declined to comment on Lauk’s removal.
Lauk, who was superintendent since July 2009, said he and the board left on “very good terms,” citing philosophical differences, which are common, he said.
“I have nothing but respect for the board,” Lauk said. “I think Tina Halliman is an outstanding choice for superintendent.”
Lauk is now the business manager for School District 89, which is based in Melrose Park.
The Illinois Association of School Boards assisted the District 130 board in its search for a new superintendent.
Halliman holds a doctorate in education from Loyola University of Chicago, a master’s degree in special education from Dominican University, a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University, according to the district.
District 130 serves about 4,100 students in 13 schools in Alsip, Blue Island, Crestwood and Robbins.