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Past D-117 superintendent to lead Kaneland District 302 on interim basis

Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 10:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 10:10 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Ken Sorrick, a former superintendent in North Palos School District 117, on Monday night was announced as the interim superintendent at Kaneland School District 302.

Sorrick will begin his role today. Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler is in his last week in the role. Schuler starts next week as the superintendent at Wheaton Warrenville School District 200.

The District 302 board approved the selection, but it was not unanimous. Board member Tony Valente voted against the move, saying he had concerns about the contract, which he said potentially could leave the district without a superintendent from December to February, he said.

The board agreed to pay Sorrick $90,000 to assume all superintendent duties and direct the search for the long-term superintendent, according to a news release distributed at the meeting.

After the meeting, Sorrick said it’s possible the district could have a long-term superintendent in place before that time. He said he is limited to 100 days by limitations on the TRS, or the teacher retirement system. He said his goal is to help the district get the best superintendent.

“Then you don’t have to worry about that,” he said.

School board President Cheryl Krauspe praised Sorrick and said in a news release that “we all definitely felt his energy and passion and excitement for improved educational performance and the fact that he believed he could make a positive difference in our organizational system, even when limited to the number of days that we have him.”

Valente said he would rather the board have hired a superintendent that could be “more conducive to our schedule.” Board member Peter Lopatin said he believed a reasonable compromise had been reached and that the board could address any potential gap if it should arise.

“I’m really pleased we have made this decision,” Lopatin said.

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