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O'Donnell Submits Resignation Letter

District 308 chief stepping down after less than three years.

 District 308 Superintendent Dan O’Donnell submitted his letter of resignation to the School Board Wednesday, according to district spokeswoman Kristine Liptrot.

O’Donnell’s contract with the district was to expire in June 2013, and the board will vote Monday as part of the personnel report on whether to accept his resignation.

His last day with the district likely will be June 30, Liptrot said. 

When asked why O’Donnell resigned, Liptrot could only say “the letter has not been released and it’s in the hands of the Board of Education.”

Liptrot said the letter will be released after the vote on the personnel report Monday.

O’Donnell began in District 308 in July of 2009. 

Update 5:55 p.m. Board members Laurie Pasteris and Brent Lightfoot have both said they have no comment on the resignation. 

Updated 6:35 p.m. Reached early Wednesday night, Board President Bill Walsh said the search for O'Donnell's replacement will begin once the board votes to accept his resignation.

As for how the news will affect several large projects ongoing in the district, Walsh said he expects O'Donnell to be fully involved through his final day on the job. 

"Dr. O'Donnell is a professional. His resignation is effective June 30 and I expect him to be engaged in all his job duties," Walsh said.

Jennifer Smith February 26, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Can't let you have the last word, Mr. Hoffer :) I do have respect for your service to the community even though I disagree with you. We all need to agree to disagree, stop living in the past and work together as a community to solve difficult problems. I would enjoy a real conversation with you anytime, sincerely.
My3Sons February 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Amen, Jerri!
Fed up too February 27, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Agreed with Dave and Christina 100% kind of sounds like Al Gore crying after the election......
Leland H. Hoffer February 27, 2012 at 04:57 AM
@Guy Fawkes: Your memory is incorrect. There was a committee that interviewed and examined applicants' credentials for the OEHS Principal position and made a recommendation to Supt. Behlow. I was the board member on the committee but I don't remember who all the members were except Todd Colvin was on the committee. No current board members were on that committee. The committee used a weighted system to select the best qualified for the recommendation which happened to be Dr. Pete Pasteris. Dr. Behlow without giving a reason selected Mr. Howerton. @ oswego308watch: You nailed it! The administration has been bringing in consultants to do the job that they should be able to do at their 6 figure salaries. If they can't do the job it is time to get someone who can. Taxpayers should not have to pay two to do one's job. @Jennifer: Those who don't learn from history will continue to make the same mistakes.
Robert Green July 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Everyone NEEDS to look at the dollars!!! There will be NO FUTURE if everyone is driven out of the county because of the Property Taxes!!! District 308 is 2/3s of the tax bill which is rapidly approaching an equal footing with my house payment! ...and who will buy our homes when we have to move out because we can't afford the taxes anymore? What happens when homes become empty and there are fewer and fewer people to pay the taxes? I don't see why the school district can't take a few hits in their income when everyone else has to take a hit in theirs! We just simply can't afford the way things have been done, anymore!!! Budgets have to be frozen or cut until there are more people and businesses moving in to share the cost burden!

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