OPRF and District 97 talks on human resources collaboration a good sign

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Two weeks ago in this space we urged the two local school districts and the village to open discussions about ways to share human resource services. In a weird circumstance, all three entities are without, or about to be without, personnel directors.

When District 97 Supt. Al Roberts finally announced the departure of its HR person — the old "not a good fit" problem — he said he is talking to District 200 Supt. Steven Isoye about options to share staff in this key area. Both districts may go with an interim person for the next year as they explore options. One of those options should be to call District 90 Supt. Ed Condon and invite him into the conversation.

Saving tax dollars and aligning hiring goals and procedures would be a substantive place for collaboration to begin.

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OPRF Achievement  

Posted: June 20th, 2013 1:01 PM

25 Years in the Private sector and loving it. Funny how people can NOT closely examine the issue at hand - so they need to attack the messenger. The two districts in OP can not even work together on common education to deal with education achievement for our large black block of lower achievers. Demand education groups work TOGETHER on a huge problem and than we can have a serious discussion about shared services.

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 10:23 AM

OPRF Achievement, it's clear by your comment that you either work in govt or earn your living from it. Shared services in an admin function like HR is done in the private sector all the time. The 3 units of govt would be better served by a shared service model in HR, & probably finance as well. The units aren't different in these processes & $$ could be saved likely with better service. Doesn't fit your narrative but the truth rarely seems to...

Eric from Oak Park  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 6:53 AM

Unit district. Unit district. Unit district. Please?

OPRF Achievement  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 6:36 AM

Hey Dan - why don't you merge with the River Forest Leaves and the Oak Park Patch - no need to have two local papers in town - you sever the same purpose don't YOU. Seems like a simple way to save Paper - help with the environment and save money. Seems strange - an overreach? Well so does your idea to have HR director for all the schools. They serve Different purposes.

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