Letters to the Editor

Letter: Less-experienced administrators a fit for county schools

To the Editor:

On the issue of school superintendents salaries: If McHenry County schools were poor performing, low-rated, substandard, had high dropout rates and low test scores, it would make perfect sense to bring in high-priced administrators with experience at turning around and upgrading the performance at school districts where they had worked.

But McHenry County schools are none of those things. They are highly-rated, well-run, have high graduation rates and test scores, they don’t need to be fixed. If there was something that they could do, they could find ways to be more efficient so they wouldn’t need as many property tax dollars.

So what county schools should be doing is hiring less experienced, lower-paid superintendents on short-term contracts who can see how the districts are being run and continue those methods. At the same time exploring changes along the way that they could submit to school boards.

Then let those superintendents use the experience they gain in leading a well-run district to get higher paying jobs at poorly performing districts so they can say, “Here are the methods I learned in McHenry County and here’s how I can use what I learned there to help your district.”

Kurt Payne

Crystal Lake

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