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.

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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