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District 308 Superintendent Interviews Canceled After Location Questioned

Board President Bill Walsh said the meetings will be rescheduled for next week.

After hearing complaints from constituents, the board canceled two meetings this week to interview two final candidates to replace .

Board President Bill Walsh said Tuesday evening he had several calls asking why the board scheduled the meetings at in Naperville. The meetings were to be held Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

“We have spoken to our finalists and decided to reschedule for next week,” Walsh said.

Walsh also said the rescheduled meetings will take place within the district and may even occur in a district-owned facility.

John Spasojevich May 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I wouldn't trust the central administration to make a decision either. In terms of AYP the two high schools were always said to be fine. I think it was two years ago they made the same announcement and then after a little research and an email, the next week they reversed themselves and said no they didn't make AYP... so did you or didn't you....so if you don't know the answer to that OR want to smoke screen me, why would I let you hire people directly responsible at the local level?
John Spasojevich May 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
As I have said several times, the public has never cared. They have no reason to think they do. The only time people show up is when the boundaries change, people never show up when it;s about money or anything else. I actually welcome it, given what the administrations have done when left to their own devices, it's good that they understand finally that they work for the board, elected for better or worse by the people. The board does not work for the administration which is how it's been for a dozen years.
John Spasojevich May 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I'm all for having teachers on the Board. However, the Board deals with a multi million dollar budget, how many teachers have experience handling that type of money? THAT should be a real issue for voters. Why it never has I'll never understand. None of the members, past or present with perhaps the exception of two, maybe three, have truly been "qualified". To work properly, the Board should hire a Superintendent they feel is right, who understands he/she is responsible to the Board. The Board should not fall in love with the Superintendent as has happened before, they should not be afraid to make a change mid course. The Board then is free to oversee the millions of dollars and hold the purse strings. The way it has gone here though is hire a Superintendent then turn the purse over and just keep filing it up over and over without question.
InterestedParent308 May 18, 2012 at 02:24 AM
After patiently reading the posts to this article, I find it amazing at the lengths at which the posters go to state their case. More to the point, John Spasojevich seems to be the individual with the most anger. This board has demonstrated time and again that they are ill-prepared to handle the responsibilities of their elected positions. Beginning with the boundary issue, followed by the resignation of Dr. O'Donnell to the entire interviewing debacle, to this latest public display of being ill advised. Eric Weiss should have Mr. Walsh on speed dial.
Tax Payer and Parent May 18, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Hi John, I wish you would not condemn all past members of all past boards with your generalizations. There have been some of us who did speak up at meetings and did vote no on past spending. I served on SDFAC with you as well, and I hope that you remember my asking the committee: "what happens if this growth bubble bursts before we fill up all of these schools you plan to build?" - and I am sure you remember my getting scoffed at ! I also hope that you remember me stating at a SDFAC meeting to tear BH down and give those kids a new building, I voted NO to the renovation of OHS because it did not add capacity for even one more student. there have been some who fought the fight in the past. With that said I have always found the truth lies somewhere in the middle. There are a lot of good points made by many people in this chain of emails. There has never been any reason to wine and dine as a school board no matter what. It has been done in the past, but to intend to do so now shows extreme insensitivity to the plight of so many tax payers in our district! The elected board members were not elected to become friends and socialize at tax payer expense! The same holds true of a board and it's potential superintendent ! What purpose would it ever serve to find out what kind of a person a board member is in a social setting with a martini in his or her hands? None. The relationship being decided is one of running a business...the business of educating our children.

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