The District 186 school board has formally agreed to hire a temporary replacement for outgoing superintendent Walter Milton. Robert Leming is a long-time employee of District 186. In a previous role he was the principal at Franklin Middle School. Leming says he looks forward to taking on challenges within Springfield-area public schools:
LEMING: “It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to serve the district in this capacity for the remainder of this school year. I am excited about it, even though I’m a little long in the tooth I still have some energy and some good vibes left I think to do some good in the district and hopefully bring us home at least through June 30th.”
Leming retired from his role as a Springfield school administrator nearly a decade ago. But he took over as interim human resources director last year. In his new role as interim superintendent, starting in April, Leming will earn $750 a day. That fact was met by outbursts from the public, apparently angry about budget cuts throughout district 186.
That amount is less than what Milton has been earning in the job. The district is expected to begin a search for a permanent replacement, though the board tabled discussion regarding a search committee at last night’s meeting.