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School board approves hiring of two interim athletic directors

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board agreed to hire two interim athletic directors for the the school year on Monday.

The two directors are Rudy Keller and Ralph Drendel.

Board member Tony Valente was the only member to vote no.

“You can go without this position for half a year,” Valente said.

The original plan had been to hire a trio of retirees, including Ross Truemper, Keller and Drendel.

Truemper and Keller worked at West Aurora High School as co-interim principal for two years and have experience in athletics and activities.

Drendel is a former Kaneland High School assistant athletic director, coach, teacher and student.

“It just turned out that Ross had some conflicts in his schedule that made it difficult for him to support us,” said Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler after the meeting. “It just didn’t work out.”

According to a memorandum, Keller will receive $500 per day not to exceed 70 days. That totals up to $35,000. Drendel will receive $250 per day not to exceed 100 days. That totals up to $25,000.

“(That’s) something you can live without for six months,” Valente said. “That’s the issue in my eyes—exorbitant spending.”

Schuler spoke favorably of Keller and Drendel.

“Nothing has changed,” Schuler said. “We’re still providing the same level of support we anticipated. It’s more than just an athletics activities position. It really has a key operational focus for the entire building.”

Kaneland tabs retiree trio as interim athletic director

by Stefanie Frazier

KANELAND—Kaneland High School’s search for an interim athletic director has concluded.

Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler recently announced a “finalized plan” to fill the interim athletics and activities director position for this school year at KHS.

The people set to take on the job include retirees Ross Truemper, Rudy Keller and Ralph Drendel.

According to Erika Schlichter, director of Educational Services 6-12 for the Kaneland School District, the Kaneland School Board is expected to approve the new directors at the board meeting on Dec. 9.

“We ran an interview process,” Schlichter said. “And these candidates rose to the top of the interview process and were selected.”

Truemper and Keller worked at West Aurora High School as co-interim principal for two years and have experience in athletics and activities.

Drendel is a former Kaneland High School assistant athletic director, coach, teacher and student.

Schlichter explained that it is needed to have three interim directors because of limited work days for retirees.

“No one person can work more than 100 days,” Schlichter said. “And so in order to meet our complete dates in this position through the end of the school year, it was necessary to have more than one person. That’s a very common practice.”

The need to fill the position came after former KHS athletic director Leigh Jaffke, who also served as activities director, resigned prior to the Oct. 16 School Board meeting. She had served as athletic director for 14 years.

Meanwhile, Keller said he started to settle in on Monday, with getting his email address and desk situated.

Keller said that he has been treated like “royalty” by Kaneland staff. He has received smiles and well-wishes from staff and students.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” Keller said. “I’m looking forward to a successful winter and spring at Kaneland High School with a highly spirited group of staff and students.”

Kaneland announces interim athletics, activities director

Maple Park—Kaneland School District 302 recently announced a finalized plan for filling the position of interim athletics and activities director for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

The position will be filled by a team of three retired educators, who will each contribute to the program in unique ways.

Ross Truemper and Rudy Keller come to Kaneland with numerous years of administrative experience and expertise, including experience in athletics, activities and high school principalships. As retired administrators, they are well known in the area for the strong administrative support they have been able to offer school districts on an interim basis. Most recently, they worked together for two years as West Aurora High School’s interim principal.

Ralph Drendel returns to Kaneland High School as a third member of the team. As a former Kaneland High School assistant athletic director, coach, teacher and student, Ralph brings with him a passion for Kaneland and a commitment to supporting athletics and activities programming.

The team approach to filling the interim position was crafted with the goal of both supporting needs for the remainder of the current school year, as well as identifying processes and setting up systems that will promote success when the permanent position is filled.

Kaneland High School will begin gathering feedback and input from community, staff and students in January 2014 regarding the search for a permanent athletics and activities director.