LANSING | The Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 School Board gave its approval Wednesday to a three-year contract for a new superintendent.
Hughes George was present for the special meeting in which School Board members voted 4-0 in favor of hiring George, even though he technically does not begin in the superintendent’s position until June 10.
George, who previously worked for the Mequon-Thiensville School District in Wisconsin, said his contract calls for him to be paid $150,000 for each of its three years.
Voting in favor of the hire were Jada Curry, Cozette Pettigrew, David Lilly and Board President Dennis Altgilbers. Board members Lance Lape and David Lopez did not attend the special meeting, while Board Vice President Solomon Davis arrived late.
The board also voted 4-0 to accept the resignation of Barbara West, who served as superintendent during the current school year on an interim basis. West was the retired superintendent of Homewood District 153 before coming to the Lansing/Lynwood-based school district.
West was not present for Wednesday’s meeting.
George, who has been a professional educator for 20 years, said he was attracted to the Sunnybrook district in large part because he likes the community.
“It is a very strong family atmosphere,” he said. “It has a suburban/rural feel to it that I like.”
George said his family is "still looking, but we’re going to live in the area.” He and his wife, April, have two teenage children.
George said his priority as superintendent is to develop a strategic plan for the school district. Such a plan would set goals and objectives for the district to try to achieve during the next three to five years.
“It makes a lot of sense for us to have a plan to know where we’re going as a district,” George said.
In other business, George presented the School Board with a list of vendors to consider for strategic planning. He also provided the board with a proper job description for a position of director of school improvement, which the school board formally created earlier this month.
The board did not take action on either item, but George said he wanted board members to have such information. He also said that in the future, proper job descriptions would be provided, “at the time the position is being created.”