CRETE | District 201-U is looking for a new superintendent after the School Board confirmed Superintendent John Rodgers has taken a leave of absence for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
Board President Nakia Hall read a statement at Tuesday's board meeting. She said Rodgers will be on leave until July 1, at which point he'll retire. A search has begun to find his replacement and the district hopes to make a hire by March.
Hall said the board appointed Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Anthony Edison to operate as deputy superintendent until a hire is made. Edison gave the superintendent's report at Tuesday's meeting.
"The focus of this board will continue to be what is outlined in our mission," Hall said. "We implore you to join with us in support."
Hall asked that the board not be "pressured" into providing any more information about the reasons for Rodgers' leave because "doing so would put individuals in violation of legal matters."
"Please respect the personal rights of Dr. Rodgers, as well as all employees," Hall said. "It is the goal of this board to conduct the business of the board of education and the school district."
The district commissioned a leadership profile assessment by Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates in November for the new superintendent. A report on the assessment was presented to the board at a personnel meeting last week and updated Tuesday. The firm surveyed a total of 310 individuals, including board members, administrators, faculty, students and parents within the district in one-on-one interviews, online and in focus groups.
When stakeholders were asked what challenges the district was facing, the report listed trust and collaboration between the board and superintendent and between the superintendent and staff and community among consistent themes. The need for board members to revert to a policy role, with the superintendent handling personnel issues and policy implementation, was also on that list.
The report listed characteristics desired in the new superintendent, including financial experience, an ability to work collaboratively and build relationships and a willingness to foster trust and transparency.
The report can be found online at the district's website, www.cm201u.org.