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Donn Mendoza resigns as District 47 superintendent

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:14 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:14 a.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – In a mutual decision, District 47 Superintendent Donn Mendoza resigned Thursday to allow the district and its school board to head in a different direction.

“This decision was made based on discussions between the board and Dr. Mendoza and the future direction of the district,” Board President Jeff Mason said in a news release. “Following those 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.”

Mason would not elaborate on the reasons after the meeting. Mendoza earned $167,225 this school year.

As part of the resignation agreement, the board approved a severance package. Mendoza will receive two months of pay, which is about $27,870. His family health insurance will continue through June 2014.

Kathy Hinz, who serves as the assistant superintendent of Student Service and Professional Development, was named acting superintendent while the board discusses its next step in finding a replacement for Mendoza.

“The board has full confidence in the leadership team in the district, and we are grateful for Kathy’s continued leadership role in her new capacity as acting superintendent,” Mason said.

The board plans to meet June 17 to discuss the process of choosing a replacement, Mason said after the meeting.

Hinz will not receive a pay raise for being acting superintendent.

“I appreciate the support of the board in the new position given to me [Thursday], and look forward to continuing the strong educational tradition of District 47,” Hinz said in a news release.

Mendoza joined the district in 2006 as principal at Lundahl Middle School. He became superintendent in 2009. In 2011, the board approved a contract extension for Mendoza that was set to expire in June 2016.

Mendoza was not present at the meeting.

In the fall, Mendoza was publicly reprimanded for an incident where he appeared to be intoxicated and asleep in the back seat of his vehicle a short distance from his house. Mason said that incident was not a key factor in Mendoza’s resignation.

“Everything factors into the performance [evaluation] of the superintendent,” Mason said.

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