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DeKalb School District 428 board OKs not renewing contracts of 2 employees

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 School board approved interim Superintendent Brad Hawk’s recommendation not to renew the contracts of DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano and Human Resources Director Jim Bormann during its meeting Tuesday.

All board members except for President Victoria Newport, who abstained, voted in favor of not renewing Albano’s contract. Not renewing Bormann’s contract was approved unanimously.

Bormann’s contract received criticism in September, as some districts members believed he would be getting an excessive $15,000 raise during his contract renewal. The board approved his contract with only a $1,034 increase after he was approved as assistant superintendent of administration.

Newport said Albano is expected to remain as principal for the high school until her contract expires June 30.

The board also had agreed to a separation agreement with Superintendent Doug Moeller during their Feb. 7 meeting that would see him resign at the end of April.

Moeller has been on paid administrative leave since September after allegations of sexual harassment by Albano and has amassed over a third of his nearly $200,000 annual salary in that time. He would continue to be paid until his resignation and would be able to perform district duties from home or at off-district premises at the request of Hawk.

A restraining order filed by Albano was lifted in October after she failed to appear in court. She had alleged Moeller threatened to ruin her career after she refused to take their relationship beyond a professional one.

Hawk had been appointed as interim superintendent for a maximum of 100 days at $925 a day.

During a special meeting Wednesday, the board heard presentations from three consulting firms to aid in the search of a new full-time superintendent: Minnesota-based School Exec Connect, the Illinois Association of School Boards and the Chicago-area Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates.

The board ultimately decided to hire the Illinois Association of School Boards. Newport said this was in part because of their focus on Illinois schools. In the past seven years, IASB has conducted superintendent searches for 192 districts in 70 counties in Illinois.

Using this firm, the total cost of its search and any recommended additional services is not to exceed $9,900. IASB had the least expensive fee of the three firms, with School Exec Connect asking for $14,500 plus expenses and Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates seeking $21,500.

An IASB consultant is expected to meet with the board to establish a timeline for the search process.

Newport said the process should take about two to three months, and a contract is yet to be signed.

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