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D135 Board Assembles Superintendent Requirements (Live Blog Transcript)

The Orland School District 135 Board of Education also approved a joint-food service agreement with District 146, and read a full policy on showing movies in classrooms. Read the live blog transcript.

Update, 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for a permanent Orland School District 135 superintendent.

Board members will be vetting each candidate, though a few stipulations were added to focus the search. The job ad requires five years of elementary school administration.

During Monday night's meeting, board member Tom Cunningham questioned the need for such a requirement, noting that when Dennis Soustek was originally hired as superintendent, his qualifications were different than what the board at the time was looking for.

Soustek, as well as board member Mary Bragg and Assistant Superintendent of Buisness Services John Reiniche, said elementary experience can't be duplicated and would be key for the right candidate.

"I don't think we'd want to be training ground for someone without elementary experience," Reiniche said.

Soustek said that even someone without five years of elementary administration could still apply, and the board would look at their application along with the rest of the candidates.

A decision on a superintendent candidate is expected by January 2013.

Original Post, 5:58 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

District 135 board members will talk about possibly getting a hand with finding a new permanent superintendent during Monday night’s .

What sort of assistance they are seeking will be talked about during closed session, according to the posted agenda. Board discussion labeled “Superintendent Search” is included on the posted agenda for during the public meeting, though specifics are not included.

The board agreed on July 9 , as they did with the last superintendent search.

Board members will also be taking the first official read of a policy for showing DVDs and videos in the classroom, to further defining what is considered appropriate. Certain films may be rated for adult viewing but also have educational value, such as “Schindler’s List,” which was used as an example when the issue was discussed at a past meeting.

Read a draft of the policy with the attached files above.

A moment of silence will be held for Lucy Prunty, the 14-year-old daughter of Park School occupational therapist Cindy Prunty. Lucy Prunty passed away from bone cancer complications. The moment of silence will also be held for shooting victims in Aurora, Colo., and in Oak Creek, Wisc.

Orland Park Patch’s live blog through Scribble It will provide minute-by-minute updates from the meeting on this page starting at 7:30 p.m. Look in the Scribble It window above, and you’ll see an area where you can join in and offer your comments and questions. The same rules apply as on finished articles on the site.

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Thunderstorm August 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The role of the BOARD MEMBER is to hire the Superintendent. It is NOT John Reiniche's job. He should just stick to finances. Dennis Soustek was a great superintendent without the proper qualifications on paper. Maybe the board needs not to be so narrow minded.
Kate August 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Please remember the antics of John Reiniche and the "fab four" members of the school board during elections next year. I believe that Tom Cunningham and Ann Gentile are up for re-election. Please let your votes do the talking. We need someone to run that can "turn the tide" and take power away from the alliance that exists with these four votes. Hopefully, the board can get back into the business of making good decisions for our children. Not the food service preparation business for other school districts. Not the Young Rembrants art class business. Not the family and friends hiring business. We need the focus to be on technology and learning...nothing more!
Etienne Pamplemousse August 14, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Credit Mark Twain, "In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards." This certainly applies to District 135!
Ben Feldheim (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I meant to include the link to where the food service sharing was discussed at a past meeting. The sharing agreement might not necessarily lower costs but can lead to increased food quality, according to Qwest. Here's the live blog from that meeting. http://orlandpark.patch.com/articles/d135-putting-370-new-computers-into-schools-live-blog-transcript
Steve Pachun August 14, 2012 at 08:29 PM
the fab four is crazy, they can't find a good candidate for superintendent and blame the search company. maybe the problem is the business manager makes more money than the superintendent. what kind of school district is this? how many candidates have turned down jobs in 135 this summer? i bet over 10, to go to better districts. nice to talk about "fiscal responsibility" but apparently it has a cost in not being able to hire the best of the best. how long will us orlanders stand for this?

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