SUGAR GROVE – Kaneland School District 302 will dismiss six teachers at the end of the present school term and they will not be re-employed for the 2018-19 school year.
Jennifer Margalus, a physical education teacher at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove is the lone full-time teacher who is losing her job. Part-time teachers, Pat Blackman and Patty Griffith of Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn; Sharlene Momich of Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn; and Jay Hearn and Kerri Jass of Kaneland High School in Maple Park also will be discharged.
“We do have declining enrollment that’s affecting a variety of grade levels and departments,” said Chris Adkins, Kaneland School District 302 director of human resources. “As such, the district has identified where educations are needed due to declining enrollment and then according to sequence of honorable dismissal which the state requires us to release staff.”
The district dismissed three teachers last year while doubling the departed this year per State School Code 105 ILCS 5/12-12b. The code requires that a public hearing must be held if a reduction in force must occur that exceeds 150 percent of a reduction in force from the prior school year.
The public hearing was held March 12 in the middle of the Board of Education meeting on March 12. The board of directors voted unanimously in favor of the decision, 5-0, as board members Ryan Kerry and Peter Lopatin were absent.
Board member Aaron Lawler asked Adkins if the district would assist these teachers in finding new employment and he said that it would.
“Networking, interview assistance, reference recommendation, support with their resumes and those kinds of things,” Adkins said. “Probably the biggest thing is networking through the Kane County Human Resource Consortium and Applitrack and things like that.”
The board also approved the dismissal of probationary teachers Sarah Love of Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School and Claire Goodrich of Kaneland McDole Elementary School at the end of the school year from their temporary assignments.
Lastly, the board agreed to reduce full-time teachers Brenda Renaud of the Fox Valley Career Center in Maple Park; Samantha Gonzalez, Garrett Wolf, John Mansour and Carleen Gregg of Kaneland High School to part-time employees. Part-time Kaneland HIgh School math teacher Rebecca Williams was reduced from a 0.6 full-time equivalency to 0.4.
“This is not an indication of who they are and what they do for our students,” Adkins explained. “’It’s a confluence of enrollment and registration.”