Special District 76 School Board Meeting

Creve Coeur School Dist. 76

By WEEK Producer
By Denise Jackson

March 24, 2011 Updated Mar 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM CDT

Some teachers and staff in Creve Coeur School District 76 are concerned about what they say is a pattern of administrators leaving before their time is up.
In a special meeting Thursday evening the school board is expected to vote to put Superintendent Jeanne Davis on paid permanent leave.
Davis would be the fifth superintendent in 12 years to leave before their contract expired.
Creve Coeur School District 76 has just over 700 students.
In addition to superintendents the district has also had 11 principals in the past 14 years.

Teacher Union President Stephanie Boyle says Davis had been put on administrative leave before but recently returned to work. Boyle says the school board did not give any reason for the action against Davis. She says Davis has been an excellent superintendent and credits her with the district receiving more than 800-thousand dollars in grants, and expanding programs.

District 76 Director of Grants Kathy Radovich agrees saying the situation with the board has created a revolving door for administrators.

"You know if your boss changed every year, every two years what kind of a situation would you be in? People don't know where they're suppose to go for help, who is suppose to be leading them and it just causes a constant uproar in the schools and for those children," she said.

Radovich questions the timing of the meeting when the teachers and students are on break and unable to get information because the office is closed.
District 76 school board president Linda Bailey had no comment and referred questions to an attorney who did not return our phone calls.

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