Saturday, February 23, 2008

Here We Go Again...Another Superintendent Might Be Headed Out In SD88!!!

The Pioneer Press' Catherine Gran recently reported on Bellwood SD88. Here's the story:

Bellwood School District 88's interim superintendent still is awaiting word on her future with the district.

Board members Feb. 11 again declined to approve a contract for the 2008-09 school year for Rosemary Hendricks.

Board President Tommy Miller compared the issue to a student seeking a final grade of "A" while halfway through the semester. He did not rule out a contract for Hendricks.

"One has to earn it," he said. "You get promoted by performance. If you do the work, the board will review that.

At the January meeting, board members began voting on a motion to approve a superintendent's contract, but when called to vote Maria Ramirez-Casterjon told fellow board members that while she agreed interim superintendent Rosemary Hendricks was a good superintendent, Casterjon wanted to hold off voting on a contract until the Feb. 4 board meeting. That meeting was rescheduled to Feb. 11.

With three votes already cast on the original motion, board President Tommy Miller, with the approval of the district's attorney Martha-Victoria Diaz of Sanchez, Daniels and Hoffmann LLP of Chicago, recognized Casterjon's motion to table the vote on the contract.

Voting in favor of tabling the contract approval were Casterjon, Miller, Yvette Ramirez and Marilyn Thurman.

Voting against were Athea Busby, Ronald Anderson and Daphne Walker.

That vote mirrored the February vote.

The board approved hiring Hendricks as interim superintendent June 21. She received a one-year contract at a salary of $140,000. Hendricks came to the district after serving one year as superintendent of Calumet School District 157.

What is going on in SD88?

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