KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 4-2 to approve Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler’s resignation.
Schuler last week accepted an offer to become superintendent for schools in the Wheaton Warrenville School District, where he will make a base salary of $225,000. His current salary at Kaneland is $194,000.
Schuler will continue working for Kaneland until he takes his new position on Sept. 2. The new Kaneland school year will begin Aug. 20.
School Board members Veronica Bruhl and Tony Valente voted against approving Schuler’s resignation. School Board President Cheryl Krauspe was absent from the meeting.
Bruhl said she has received many calls from taxpayers regarding Schuler’s move to the Wheaton Warrenville School District.
“Taxpayers are very angry,” Bruhl said.
She added that taxpayers have asked how the School Board “could let this happen.”
“People are very, very unhappy,” Bruhl said.
Schuler’s most recent contract with Kaneland was slated to run through June 2016. However, the contract was not written in a way that would hold Schuler responsible should he leave prior to the conclusion of his deal.
“We made a commitment,” Valente said. “The board made a commitment.”
Bruhl agreed with Valente.
“Where I work, you have a contract,” Bruhl said. “You hold to the contract.”
Valente suggested holding Schuler’s certificate until the Kaneland superintendent position is filled.
“I don’t think that’s anything that would be done in good faith,” Witt said, referring to such a move as “vindictive.”
Witt spoke in a choked-up voice while giving Schuler high praise. She said that she was not surprised that Schuler had been recruited and hired by a “high caliber school district.” She noted District 302’s accomplishments during Schuler’s time as superintendent, including Harter Middle School’s recognition as a “school to watch”; an attempt to further engage the Kaneland community; a balanced budget that at times required “painful cuts” to be made; and AP and Spanish classes at Harter Middle School this year.
She then spoke as a Kaneland parent.
“I am forever grateful,” Witt said. “He leaves us in a much better place.”