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Minooka school board hires search firm

D-111 superintendent sought

MINOOKA – A search firm will help Minooka Community High School District 111 find its next superintendent.

The school board last week approved hiring Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates for $15,500 to help in the search for a superintendent and an interim administrator.

Board President Mike Brozovich said after the meeting on Thursday he thought it unlikely they would be able to find a qualified superintendent as quickly as the school district needs one, so an interim administrator would probably be needed in the meantime.

On May 23, the board voted unanimously to oust its current superintendent, Jim Colyott, giving him 90 days termination notice. Colyott had previously been presented with a vote of no confidence by district teachers. During his remaining three months in the position, the board has limited Colyott’s role primarily to assisting in the transition to the new administrator.

Two citizens at the Thursday meeting asked how the district could afford overlapping salaries of two superintendents for the upcoming year. According to the district’s website, Colyott currently earns an annual salary, stipends and other payments of $210,000, with the district contributing another $19,917 in insurance. His contract doesn’t expire until June 30, 2015.

The school board did not respond to the question of overlapping salaries. Asked about it after the meeting, Brozovich said he had no comment.

Tax abatement approved

The board Thursday also gave its approval, with Karen Buchanan dissenting, for the concept of the village of Channahon’s property tax abatement for Industrial Developments International. An intergovernmental agreement could be presented to the school board for approval later this summer.

The multi-year abatement would be used in the development of an industrial and logistics center northeast of the Bluff Road interchange with Interstate 55. There would also be improvements to the interchange. Water and sewer services would be extended east of the interchange.

Village President Joe Cook was present at the meeting and told the board that the school district currently receives only $671 from that property.

“That’s your only risk,” he said, “is losing $671 a year.”

Making Bluff Road a truck traffic intersection would also make Route 6 safer, he added.

After the meeting, Buchanan said she voted against the concept because she wasn’t comfortable a long-term tax abatement.

Meeting schedule maintained

The school board Thursday also approved meeting dates for the upcoming year, voting to keep them on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. There was some discussion of whether to reduce them to once a month, but members decided they would rather drop meetings as needed.

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