Prairie Crossing Principal On Administrative Leave

Some parents are questioning why Brian Greene, principal of Prairie Crossing Charter School, was placed on administrative leave Nov. 30.

The reason why Brian Greene, principal of , was placed on administrative leave this week was not shared by school officials.

PCCS Director Nigel Whittington confirmed that Greene was placed on administrative leave during Wednesday's school board meeting. He refused to comment if it was a paid leave, how long the leave would last or whether there would be any investigation or hearing. He declined any further comment to Patch due to "labor laws."

Some parents are left wondering what happened to Greene, and why.

During the Nov. 30 board meeting, there was a Closed Session called for the following purpose, according to the agenda: 

Discussion related to 5ILCS 120/2(c) 1-The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employee(s) of the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee to determine its validity.

  1. Discipline or Dismissal of Staff

Greene is still listed on the school's website. According to the site, he has been with PCCS since July 2008. It also states that in 2009, Greene became the facilitator for the Illinois chapter of the Green Schools Network, working to connect charter schools thorughout the state.

There had been concern as to whether the school board would renew Greene's last contract or not earlier this year, and Greene asked for an early decision. Several parents and school children rallied to Greene's defense and the board gave him a one-year contract for this school year.

With the school year only halfway through and Greene now on leave, however, the state of that contract is unknown.

Tadashi December 02, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Because it is a school...and everything that happens IS their business.
Ummmduhhhh December 02, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Terri, be quiet, seriously. People pay taxes that fund his salary. You've demonstrated your ignorance (and your apparent love for communism) on this site on countless occasions, and are a huge apologist for people doing things wrong in local school districts, which leads me to believe you are a school board member or a friend of several of them. Your opinions make you look arrogant and clueless.
Ummmduhhhh December 02, 2011 at 05:35 AM
I love how D46 now arrogantly puts on their board meeting agenda sheets that their meetings are, and I quote, "not public meetings, even though they are open to the public." Huh? Nothing like slapping residents who fund the district in the face with such an ignorant comment. And on a board agenda sheet nonetheless? Just something I saw last week that kind of upset me and shows the apparent arrogance of those making the agenda up prior to the meetings, as if to say the public's input isn't important. Go look at the agenda sheets posted outside the school, it really says that on them.
Sully December 02, 2011 at 10:48 AM
Not everything is the business of the general public. There is something known as "confidentiality". If you've never heard of it, look it up. It's not just something school districts make up- it's kind of the law.
Nightcrawler December 02, 2011 at 02:41 PM
"Principle?" Really?
Diane December 02, 2011 at 04:32 PM
If you are in D46 you dont pay his salary-D50 pays his salary. just sayin
Brenda Schrank December 02, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Have you ever heard of Human Resources Policies?? It is ILLEGAL to be transparent in an HR situation like this because people’s PRIVACY is protected under the law. Paying taxes and staff salaries doesn’t give you a right to pry into their privacy. It seems to me the board is behaving with the utmost respect for Mr. Greene and any other people (students, staff or parents that may also be involved) by not divulging any personal information and avoiding any potential lawsuits!
Runner1 December 03, 2011 at 03:04 AM
The board of directors at Prairie Crossing Charter School have a reputation for secretive conduct. The board president treats parents with disdain, rolling his eyes when they speak, and making it clear that he's bored or annoyed with the sound of their voice. The school just lost their principal, their business manager and their facilities manager, all in one fell swoop. So who's running the school? Who's looking out for the best interests of the students?
Runner1 December 03, 2011 at 03:07 AM
For those of you who do not know, board members at the charter school are selected by a vote of seated board members, Not a public election, like Woodland. So they can choose whomever they want. Right now, there are five residents from the Prairie Crossing subdivision on the board, plus one who works for the board president. That's six of nine board members who have a potential conflict of interest - vote for choices that are in the best interest of the school, or vote for choices that are in the best interest of their subdivision, to maximize their home property value. Anyone think that this is an effective use of public funds? Anyone believe that this school is really acting like a public school?
Runner1 December 03, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Um, have you ever looked at the legislation that created charter schools in Illinois? Parental involvement is one of the keystones of charter schools. And yes, everything that happens IS our business. Anything that has the potential to adversely impact our children is absolutely our business.
Runner1 December 03, 2011 at 03:13 AM
@jim dunk: if you really WERE a "principle" for much of 30 years, you are the reason that we have children graduating who cannot read or spell.
Runner1 December 03, 2011 at 03:16 AM
@Terri: I have a choice about buying a Godfather's pizza. I do NOT have a choice about paying taxes, revenues to the Illinois General Fund that are then distributed throughout the state school districts, paying administrators' salaries.
Terri December 04, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Ummmduhhhhh: I am far from ignorant and would never insinuate that you are either. My point is that you are not his boss and do not pay his salary. You pay taxes and elect people you trust to make decisions as to how those taxes are allocated. Don't trust the decision makers? Elect new ones. To infer that you have the direct right to hire, fire and have access to information just because you pay taxes is far more "big-brother" and "communistic". Runner1: The state funds from general fund you refer to are miniscule in comparison to property tax funding; and the state hasn't been paying them, for the most part, anyway. And yes. Just like the pizza, you do have the choice. You can move to a district where they spend your tax dollars the way you prefer.
Terri December 04, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Jim Dunk... Remember this rule: The head of your school is your "Pal"; your "PrinciPAL". So much for your credibility. *Change alias*
Terri December 04, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Jim Dunk...BTW...PC is a union school.
sick of it all December 04, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Sarah do you have children that are of school age? Clearly not. Also, as someone stated the one of the cornerstones of the charter was parent involvement - yeah, back in the day when the parents were involved in a positive way. So, PCCS parents go beyond the norm is expecting answers? Well, PCCS parents also go beyond the norms of volunteering and fund raising. Oh yes, Sarah, fund raising for everything. Getting nickled and dimed for everything, while the board gives the director a huge raise, but gives the teachers nickles. The nerve of those parents expecting answers about such mundane issues as the principal. Bad, bad, PCCS parents. Listen to Sarah. Stop asking so many questions. Then stop volunteering and giving her, them, money.
sick of it all December 04, 2011 at 07:32 PM
This board? That is funny Brenda. This board has never treated anyone with respect. Particularly Mr. Greene.
Leavesocialistdummies December 04, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Isn't Terri about due for another ignorant comment about how the public should have no say in anything ever? Move to China lady. People who pay taxes here want to know what goes on with their money, and who can blame them? And Terri, you sound like a bitter union member yourself. I bet you are secretly a local board member yourself mad at everyone because of problems in your own life. How sad. Watch, I'll know I'm right when you get all huffy and mad at my post because it is so truthful lol.
Sully December 04, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Well, considering your ignorant comment, LSD, it looks like we have an abundance of ignorance here. Especially involving privacy issues mandated by law. Not everything is open to the public all of the time. I'll refrain from calling YOU a dummy, however.
AndreaJohnsonscousin December 04, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Sully, you are the king of ignorant comments on here, you have zero room to talk. LSD didn't specifically say anything about privacy issues just "who can blame them" (people) for being concerned about what goes on in their school districts, especially in this day and age. I won't refrain, you have a serious complex Sully, you must have some serious issues to post on here as much as you do.
AndreaJohnsonscousin December 04, 2011 at 11:07 PM
@Terri: Are you gonna go cry now?
marilyn December 05, 2011 at 12:22 AM
what will probably happen is that nothing will be said unless forced by FOIA. Sadly, school districts can charge a lot of money if someone wants to use the FOIA, it keeps people from doing it. And, now that the State's Attorney has been given the green light to decide which FOIA's should be granted, good luck to anyone who tries. So pretty much anything that involves anything will be 'declined'. This really is too bac, because the secrecy infers wrong doing on the part of the principal, when in fact it could be the seriously inbred board. I am not sure if they need a reason to put someone on leave, some fine print could say 'we can do whatever we want to you for no reason'.
Sully December 05, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Marylyn, where do you come up with stuff? School districts can charge a lot of money if someone wants to use FOIA? Really? Andrea- you're back! So glad!
kathleen December 05, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Wow! I was looking for some insight, but this thread is dominated by name-calling and such, like children.
marilyn December 06, 2011 at 04:08 AM
it is true, not only school districts but any entity. They are allowed to charge a fee. I am not coming up with it, unlike some others I do my research before I put it out there. They are allowed by law to charge a fee to cover administrative expenses regarding FOIA requests, and there have been documented cases of charges of $250, even $500. I am not saying it is PCCS, if you had slowed down enough to read the words you would have figured that out. But, school districts and others have been able to use the allowance to their benefit, in that most people are not going to be able to allocate that sort of money--it's hard enough to begin with, but we end up paying the very people we are trying to get transparency from for the transparency they don't want us to have. My point is, if they would just come out and say what the heck is going on, we would not be having this idiotic back and forth, would we now?
Terri December 06, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Marilyn: The charges are extremely limited and governed by the Act itself. http://shav.it/6g4roz A $500 dollar charge would have been the result of absolute reams of documents.
Terri December 06, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Bad URL...please forgive: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/FAQ_FOIA_Government.pdf
db December 18, 2011 at 03:09 AM
So why is this guy changing jobs so much and so often? Why was the principal, their business manager and their facilities manager all fired? What do they have in common? The financial resources of the school. Why did he leave Hawthorn School? Personal reasons as he states in his bio? Not true. I was there. Big problems on so many levels. Threatening emails to the teachers. Same thing at Hawthorn. Can you say Sexual Harassment too. They covered it up at Hawthorn once before then it happened again. They had to get rid of him....This guy keeps going from school to school because nobody wants to spend the money on lawyers to prosecute him. No smoking guns. Just a mess. And so they get rid of the problem by just making him go away. And he goes to the next school to do it all again.
Terri December 22, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Looks like this man has a little more integrity than the posters here would give him credit for. He refused a severance package that would have "gagged" him so he can make sure the public gets the facts. No doubt a law suit will follow.
marilyn December 22, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Terri that is an interesting twist, is there more info somewhere? Because that almost sounds like an attempt at bribery (for lack of a better word) on the part of the Board. Risky move by the Board, that must open them up to all sorts of trouble I would imagine.


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