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Oswego hires administrator for teaching and learning

Updated: March 28, 2013 6:19AM

The Oswego School District announced the hiring of another high-level administrator on Monday night.

After an hourlong closed session, the board voted unanimously to hire Judith Minor as the district’s new assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, a position Superintendent Matthew Wendt called a “very important, if not the most important” position in district.

According to Wendt, Minor has a doctorate from Loyola University and several certificates in gifted and talented education.

Minor is currently the assistant superintendent for student learning and support services at Community High School District 99, which includes Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South high schools.

Before starting at Downers Grove in July 2011, Minor served as director of staff support services for Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights for four years.

Before that, she was director of curriculum at West Chicago High School District 94, where she also served as a classroom English teacher for 10 years, according to her profile at District 99.

Minor was selected from among 40 applicants for the position.

Minor will have her work cut out for her. During his address to the board Monday, Wendt acknowledged that the district is “behind” in achieving the roughly three dozen goals set for the year.

Meanwhile, stakeholder surveys taken by parents and employees in the district showed considerable dissatisfaction in how reputable Oswego schools are compared to others in the area. Nineteen percent of those surveyed answered unfavorably to the statement “My child’s school is superior to other schools in the area.”

Academic rigor and the amount and level of homework also showed up repeatedly in the survey as areas of parent dissatisfaction.

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