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Minooka High School board hires firm to find new superintendent

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

The school board approved hiring Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates Thursday to help the district find its next leader.

The district will pay the firm $13,500 to help them find a full-time, permanent superintendent and $2,000 for an interim administrator.

Board President Mike Brozovich said after the meeting he thought it was unlikely they would be able to find a qualified permanent candidate who could begin as quickly as they need, so an interim 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 unilateral 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 people spoke during public comment, both asking 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 public comments regarding fiscal considerations of the overlapping salaries, and after the meeting, Brozovich said he had no comment on the matter.

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

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

The proposed 15-year abatement would allow for an industrial and logistics center northeast of the Interstate 55 and Bluff Road intersection, general obligation bond-funded improvements to the interchange and to bring water and sewage services east of the interstate.

Village President Joe Cook was present to explain more about the project and to answer questions. He told the board 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 also would make Route 6 safer, he added.

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