Dist. 186 Explores Existing Residency Requirement

sprgpubschlSome Springfield public school administrators are violating a policy that says they must live within district 186, according to a new board member. Adam Lopez is the school board’s vice president, he was seated earlier this month. He says he’s heard complaints from district 186 faculty that the policy is not being enforced. Lopez says it’s an issue that should be considered by the new school board, and either enforced or done away with. His personal opinion?

LOPEZ: “I want the policy to be enforced and if administrators aren’t abiding by the policy, we need to take care of that.”

Lopez says the human resources director should investigate the addresses of current administrators. According to code, administrative personnel can be hired from outside the district, they then have a year long grace period to move into district 186. The board plans to discuss the requirement publicly at the next regular meeting.

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2 Responses to Dist. 186 Explores Existing Residency Requirement

  1. Pushing the residency requirement is barking up the wrong tree at the wrong villain. How about a district policy requiring our highest paid administrators to submit a weekly schedule of their pro-teaching & learning activities? During the campaign, Lopez talked about proposing a 10% cut in administrative salaries. Let’s pursue this idea instead of digging up the old residency chestnut.

    • I do not see where a residency requirement is improper. If someone desires to work in a community, requiring them to be a citizen of same (especially with a year to comply) seems not to be too much of an imposition. If the prospective employee finds it to be so, then they certainly can relenquish said position and move on to a job that more closely meets their requirements. Springfield will find plenty of prospects qualified to fill those positions in short order, and be none the worse for the wasted time.

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