Friday, April 13, the McHenry County Public Health and Human Services Committee will be interviewing the
Leslie A. Schermerhorn of Woodstock for the post of Regional Superintendent of Schools.
The candidate, who would be appointed by the County Board to fill slot that went unfilled after the 2010 election winner Joe Williams decided not to take the office, is Assistant Elementary Principal at Chicago’s LaSalle Elem Language Academy.
In her letter of application to McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler, Schermerhorn wrote,
“I am uniquely qualified for this position given my 13+ years as an educator in a highly successful racially and economically diverse school. Additionally, I being the expertise of having a degree in law. From all the research I have done on the Regional Superintendent position, in additional to certifying teachers, truancy enforcement and school safety inspections, the Regional Superintendent assists McHenry County schools with school law.”
Schermerhorn the increasing diversity of McHenry County’s population in a communication to Koehler:
“We need to address the needs posed by this new population. ESL ]English as a Second Language] is not enough, nor very effective. We need to reach not only the students, but their families.”
She goes on to note that referendums are not being looked upon favorably by taxpayers and suggests she can assist in finding other sources of revenue, e.g.,
- “doggedly searching for applicable grants and writing grant applications
- “maintaining constant communication and a collaborative relationship with state and federal politicians to ensure monies allocated for McHenry County
- “examination of the use of Title I in each school district to ensure they are specifically targeting the students who require interventions in order to meet the State benchmarks and to increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment.”
The State Board of Education issued a k-12 administrative certificate on August 7, 2007. She holds a 1999 Master of Eduction degree with grades just one A-minus away from a straight 4 point average, plus a 1985 Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University.To serve the final two years of the term, Schermerhorn would have to be nominated to be on the fall ballot by the McHenry County Republican Central Committee, and, then be elected. So far, there is no indication that Democrats will field a candidate.
While expecting to be hired on the “merits” of her” experience and qualifications,” Schermerhorn explains that her last name has some name identification.
Speaking to her electability, she points out that her father ran successfully for judge in 1996, that she has “many strong ties to the educational community in McHenry County and a name that will be recognizable to many.”
The salary for the Regional Superintendent is about $104,000, a source at the Courthouse believes, although the money comes from state, rather than county coffers.
Schermerhorn’s background follows:
According to the Family Taxpayers Network, she was paid $110,671 in 2011, has 14 years in the Teachers Retirement Fund.