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Search for Kaneland interim superintendent renewed

Ken Sorrick, Kaneland interim superintendent
Ken Sorrick, Kaneland interim superintendent

MAPLE PARK – The search for an interim superintendent will be renewed at Kaneland School District 302, and a special board meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday to address the situation.

Ken Sorrick, who was introduced Monday as the district’s interim superintendent, has submitted his letter of resignation, board President Cheryl Krauspe said Wednesday.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, the plan is to accept Sorrick’s resignation and possibly hire a new interim superintendent, Krauspe said.

At this week’s board meeting, board member Tony Valente voted against appointing Sorrick, saying he was concerned about the amount of days Kaneland would have Sorrick’s services, which were capped at 100 because of limitations on the TRS, or the teacher retirement system.

Valente said the dates Sorrick would be available should have been more spaced out, so that Sorrick would have been available through a later date.

An interim superintendent is necessary because current Superintendent Jeff Schuler is in his last week at Kaneland.

Schuler is resigning to become the superintendent at Wheaton Warrenville District 200, where he starts next week.

Of Sorrick, Krauspe said “we lost a gem of an opportunity.” However, in a news release announcing Sorrick as the interim superintendent, Krauspe noted that Sorrick was one of five candidates considered.

And she previously had praised the candidates, saying “I think that Kaneland has been really fortunate that we have interest from so many highly qualified candidates who could fill the interim position.”

Sorrick was to receive $90,000 to assume all superintendent responsibilities and direct the search for a long-term superintendent. That process was set to get underway.

Valente said he believes that Sorrick resigned because of what Valente said at Monday’s meeting, as well as Valente’s vote against naming Sorrick as the interim superintendent.

“It was a board that’s challenging you,” Valente said, adding that he didn’t believe Sorrick wanted to be challenged.

Valente said he grew concerned Monday after he learned that Sorrick’s schedule would not be more spaced out.

“I know he wasn’t too happy with me, and I wasn’t too happy with him,” Valente said.

Kaneland board meetings have been tense at times. On Monday, for instance, Valente pushed for results of a parent survey that was taken last year.

Schuler said there would need to be some redacting of names, saying there likely was an expectation of anonymity when parents took the survey.

Valente said he wanted the data “not scrubbed in any way.”

“How I release it to you is how I release it to the public,” Schuler said.

Valente said the board should want that information made public and asked Krauspe why she wouldn’t want that information shared.

He said he was “so disappointed” and added “censorship lives.”

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