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Third Oswego schools assistant has joined superintendent in submitting resignation

Updated: April 23, 2012 11:34AM

OSWEGO — When the new school years begins in August in Oswego, it won’t just be the kindergartners who have a lot of new faces and names to learn.

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Tim Neubauer has tendered his resignation, making him the third assistant superintendent in the Oswego School District to resign — as has the superintendent.

Come August, two full levels of the school district’s organizational chart will be filled with new personnel, but School Board President Bill Walsh said the high turnover won’t upset the day-to-day operation of the district.

“I think we have a great infrastructure of building administrators, teachers and staff,” Walsh said Wednesday. “So while change is difficult, everyone will still be focused on doing what’s best for the kids and focused on teaching and improving the academics of the district, which is what everybody is here for.”

Neubauer’s resignation was received by the School Board this week after Barrington Community Unit School District announced it would be hiring Neubauer as its assistant superintendent for business services. Neubauer is slated to begin his new position with Barrington on July 1.

Neubauer has been Oswego’s top business and financial administrator since 2009. He was hired by Superintendent Dan O’Donnell, who joined the Oswego School District that year. O’Donnell announced his own resignation in February.

“Tim has been a very valuable member of our administrative team. His expert knowledge of school finance and budgeting has helped the district weather the economic storm of the past three years and improve our financial standing considerably from when he joined the district,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “Tim’s quick wit and sense of humor are greatly appreciated by our staff and faculty, and he will be missed for his skill and his personable manner.”

Neubauer will continue to oversee Oswego’s finance, business and transportation functions through the end of the current school year.

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Marsha Hollis also is in her last year with the district, after tendering her resignation in the fall.

Although a school board typically hires only the superintendent who then hires the rest of the district’s administrators, Walsh said the Oswego School Board will be interviewing some of the candidates for Hollis’ position.

However, he declined to comment further, “because it’s an ongoing process and due to confidentiality.”

“I think it’s important to note we’re working throughout the process diligently, as we are with all the searches,” Walsh said.

In January, Assistant Superintendent for Administration Todd Colvin announced he would be leaving at the end of this school year for Township High School District 214, the second largest high school district in the state serving the Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights area. He will become District 214’s associate superintendent of human resources. Colvin has been at Oswego since 1994.

In announcing his resignation last month, O’Donnell cited differences with the School Board.

“Due to the difference in philosophy of leadership between the current Board of Education and the Board that hired me three years ago, I think it is in the best interest of the students and staff that I step down at the end of the current year,” O’Donnell wrote in his resignation letter. “This will allow the Board to conduct a search for a successor whose philosophy is more closely aligned with their vision of district leadership.”

Walsh said the board would work quickly to find replacements for the four high-level vacancies. Oswego has contracted with the Illinois Association of School Boards to search for Hollis’ and Colvin’s replacements for $9,000, and on Monday, the board approved a contract of up to $31,000 with consulting firm Ray and Associates to search for O’Donnell’s replacement.

Walsh said the high turnover was a matter of people’s personal decisions about their lives.

“People make changes in their lives for their own reasons, and the board respects everybody’s work and the decision process that they have to go through as an individual,” he said. “We wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

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