At its last meeting, the McHenry County Board voted without dissent to remove Leslie Schermerhorn from her elective office of Regional Superintendent of Education.
Otherwise ger term would have ended at the end of November, 2022.
Schermerhorn was appointed in 2012 to replace Joe Williams, who was elected, but got a better paying post.
McHenry County sent out the following press release:
McHenry County Board Seeking Applications for Regional Superintendent Vacancy
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler is seeking applications to fill the vacant office of Regional Superintendent of Schools.
The County Board declared the vacancy at its Nov. 16 meeting after voting to remove former superintendent Leslie Schermerhorn from office.
The Regional Superintendent of Schools is responsible for duties such as teacher certification and background checks, truancy enforcement, administering GED exams, conducting school safety inspections, and auditing the county’s school districts for fiscal viability and adherence to state curriculum requirements.
The Regional Superintendent of Schools also acts as the ex-officio secretary of the Regional Board of School Trustees.
Interested applicants can submit a resume and/or short bio to MJBuehler@mchenrycountyil.gov as soon as possible.
Under state law, applicants for the position must:
• Have a master’s degree;
• Have earned at least 20 semester hours of credit in professional education at the graduate level;
• Hold a valid all-grade supervisory license, or a valid state limited supervisory license, or a valid state life supervisory license, or a valid administrative license;
• Have at least four years of experience in teaching;
• Have spent at least two of the previous four years in full-time teaching or supervising in public schools, or as a regional superintendent in Illinois; and
• Be of good character.
Applicants must live in the boundaries of Regional Office of Education District 44, which are generally coterminous with McHenry County’s boundaries.
The appointee must also be a Republican, like the former officeholder, as determined by the individual’s declared party
affiliation in the most recent primary in which they voted.
While the seat is up for election at the Nov. 8, 2022 general election, the appointee’s term expires June 30, 2023.
The appointee is welcome, and encouraged, to run for election to a full term.
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Missing from the press release are two elements:
- The salary, which is $116,300. It is paid by state taxpayers and, as I read the State Constitution, will be paid for her entire elective term.
- The residency requirement is significantly different from “generally coterminous with McHenry County’s boundaries.” Residents of District 300, which covers Algonquin and most of Lake in the Hills, are not eligible. In addition, the region covers all of Huntley District 158, even that portion of Sun City in Kane County.