SD 157C hires two interim administrators
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org October 3, 2013 6:02PM
Patricia Wernet | Supplied photo
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:31AM
Frankfort School District 157C this week officially hired two interim administrators to fill in for Supt. Thomas Hurlburt and director of special services Carrie Clodi, both of whom were put on indefinite paid leave by the school board on Sept. 5.
Board President Christopher McFadden declined to comment on why they were placed on leave, saying it was a “personnel matter” but not a criminal matter.
“If the personnel issue is resolved, they could come back,” he said.
Hurlburt, who was hired as superintendent in 2009, is under contract until 2016, while Clodi has an annual contract.
At a special meeting Wednesday, the board hired two retired administrators “who will address student needs without interruption,” McFadden said.
Former Lisle Community Unit School District 202 Supt. Patricia Wernet was named interim superintendent. Susan Ireland, who was executive director of the Crestwood-based Eisenhower Special Education Cooperative, is the interim director of special services.
Wernet began Tuesday and Ireland came on board Sept. 19 and already has met with parents of special-needs students, McFadden said.
“They will be here for as short or as long as they are needed,” he said.
Retired administrators are allowed to work up to 100 days without their retirement benefits being affected.
Parents were notified Thursday of the board’s actions.
“With their outstanding credentials and experience, we are confident that these instructional leaders will guide our faculty as they continue to provide the highest quality of education and support for our students. We welcome both of these excellent administrators to our school community,” McFadden said in a district-issued press release.
Wernet has a history of strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as extensive experience in regular and special-education settings, according to the release. Under her leadership, District 202 saw an increase in Illinois Standard Achievement Test results and, in 2011, Lisle Senior High School had the greatest increase on the Prairie State Achievement Exam of all high schools in DuPage and Cook counties. Previously, she served as superintendent for Berwyn South School District 100, director of teaching and learning at Palos School District 118, principal and assistant principal at Palos South Middle School in District 118, and several positions at Evergreen Park School District 124.
Ireland has been with Eisenhower Co-op for 33 years, and also was a teacher, disabilities specialist, master teacher leader and special-education director. She serves on numerous task forces, boards and committees throughout the state, is a former president of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, and has received numerous certifications and awards.