Dr. Kathy Hinz has been named Acting Superintendent of Crystal Lake District 47 after last night’s parting of the ways with Dr. Donn Mendoza.
The press release issued follows:
STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF CRYSTAL LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT 47 REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF SUPERINTENDENT DR. DONN MENDOZA
At a special board meeting held this evening, Dr. Donn P. Mendoza announced his resignation as Superintendent of Crystal Lake School District 47, effective immediately.
This decision was made based on discussions between the Board and Dr. Mendoza about the future direction of the District.
Following these discussions, the Board and Dr. Mendoza mutually agreed that it would be in the best interest of District 47 to move forward with a new superintendent.
The Board of Education accepted Dr. Mendoza’s resignation, thereby terminating his current employment contract that was effective through June 30, 2016.
The Board of Education approved a severance payment to Dr. Mendoza in the amount of $27,870 equal to two months of his current base salary and the continuation of family health insurance through June 30, 2014.
Dr. Kathy Hinz has been appointed on a temporary basis by the Board of Education as the Acting Superintendent of Schools, effective immediately.
Dr. Hinz is currently District 47’s Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Professional Development, a position that she has held since January of 2010.
Dr. Hinz has been employed by District 47 since August of 2000. She holds both a Superintendent Endorsement (2010 to present) and a Special Education Director Endorsement (2004 to present).
Dr. Hinz has agreed to serve as Acting Superintendent under her current salary structure, thereby creating no additional cost to the Board.
Under the leadership of Dr. Hinz and th4e District’s current administrative team, the Board looks forward to maintaining, and enhancing, the quality educational services provided to the students of District 47 by the District’s outstanding faculty and support staff.
The Board of Education is in the process of exploring its options concerning more permanent leadership for the District for the upcoming 2013-14 school year and coordinating a search for Dr. Mendoza’s successor.