by Dennis Sullivan
May 21, 2014
The Crete-Monee school board hopes to have a new School District 201U superintendent in place before the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, according to Board of Education President Nakia Hall.
“We have selected a candidate,” Hall told Crete resident Carol Millsap, “and are working with the candidate’s attorney to make sure we have the best contract for the district.”
Hall’s assurance during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s school board meeting came 36 days after School Board Vice President Maurice Brown promised a Crete resident, “Sometime real soon, we’ll be sharing our superintendent with the district.”
Brown, responding to a question from Doris Harmon-Warren during the April 15 board meeting, said he was unsure of the exact date the superintendent would be announced, but said, “that should be happening real soon. We’re still working through some logistics.”
In the meantime, residents have voiced concerns about the lack of a primary administrator able to make binding decisions.
3 assistant superintendents leaving
Hall, responding Tuesday to Millsap’s concern about the coming departure of three assistant superintendents, suggested the board had anticipated the need for such a person when it appointed Anthony Edison to the newly established position of deputy superintendent in December.
Hall said the deputy superintendent would be able to appoint new assistant superintendents, in addition to overseeing the district’s day-to-day operations.
Supt. John Rodgers was last seen publicly at the November board of education meeting.
Sanders: Rodgers ‘didn’t quit’
At the December board meeting, Hall announced Rodgers would be on leave, retiring on July 1.
In keeping with her announced desire to hire a replacement before April, the board subsequently hired a consulting firm to first interview local stakeholders about expectations and to then lead the superintendent search.
On Tuesday Crete-area resident L’Tonia Anderson alluded to Rodgers’ disappearance, prompting a quick rebuttal from Board Secretary Kimberly Sanders.
“A superintendent did not quit; so that’s not true, Sanders said, carefully avoiding Rodgers’ name.
“People have the right to resign, to retire as in the case of one of our superintendents,” she said, adding, “This is a process, it’s not everybody leaving town.”
Editor’s note: Carol Millsap’s hometown has been changed from Monee to Crete. EWC News regrets the error.
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