The Grayslake District 46 School Board is expected to take a second vote on whether to extend Superintendent Ellen Correll's contract after Wednesday's vote ended in a tie, which resulted in the motion failing.
As they did last year, board members Michael Carbone, Kip Evans and Shannon Smigielski voted against extending Correll's contract.
Ray Millington, Keith Surroz and Karen Weinert voted in favor of giving Correll another year, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, at an un-changed salary of $170,844.
Sue Facklam, who left the meeting early after stating her husband was in the hospital, was not present for the vote, hence the 3-3 tie.
Board secretary Lourie Shipley advised the board that due to the tie, any board member could bring the motion back to the table for a second vote, which could happen as soon as Nov. 7.
Pattern of mistakes
When Correll's contract came up for discussion, Carbone said she had "made too many mistakes" that could not be overlooked.
Carbone said Correll demonstrated a pattern of behavior that he alleged included not following directives related to securing bids from multiple health insurance brokers to save premium costs, which Weinert disputed on Correll's behalf.
Carbone also accused Correll of using poor judgment in hiring practices, which led to a lawsuit by a former business manager who was quickly fired after it was discovered he had been placed on administrative leave by his former school district.
Carbone also took issue with the Correll's contract being up for a vote when teachers were working without one themselves and could be preparing for a walk-out.
"We're talking about your contract when the people who do all the work don't have a contract. To me that is failed leadership."
Carbone said Correll should "have the decency" to wait to get her contract extended until the union contract negotiations are resolved instead of "putting yourself first."
Millington said the board was required to give Correll notice by April 1 whether it intended to extend her contract. "We owe her the respect of knowing," he said.
"The last thing I want to do is flash in front of the teachers that we're giving the superintendent an extension of her contract and we don't know what, if anything, we could do for our teachers and staff," said Evans. "There's a lot of people in this district who haven't had raises in a few years, if ever."
Weinert made it clear that Correll's contract extension did not include more money. "There is no increase. It's an extension, and we need a superintendent," she said.
"No, we don't. Let her go," said a member of the audience in a low, disgruntled voice.
"The only reason I'd like to push for the extension is to give some stability to the district," said Millington. "All we need now is throw another new person into the mix."