April Fools’ Edition
Following a meeting of the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 board of education that lasted until 4 a.m. Tuesday, board president Wye Lee announced the decision to hire two superintendents to replace Dr. Attila Weninger, who is leaving in June.
“I know it seems crazy, but these are crazy times at District 200,” Lee told Wednesday Jerbil after the meeting, noting the board is as hopelessly divided on most every other matter the district is facing. According to Lee, the two superintendents will share a salary.
“One will be principal on the even-numbered days; the other on the odd-numbered days. We checked with the village, who advised that the even-odd-days arrangement works well for parking cars during big snowstorms. We see no reason why this won’t work at Dist. 200.”
Linda Hanson of District 200’s search firm reported that Delores Mann of Elko, Nev., District No. 7 and Boris Badenov of Estonia had been chosen. Hanson intimated that the lengthy process to determine Weninger’s fate, the pending lawsuit between District 200 and the village of Oak Park, and the two-superintendent solution had discouraged some candidates. But she added: “These are outstanding educators who will lead the district – if not forward, then sideways.”
Other board members were not available for comment. Several were said to be hiding in a Berwyn safe house pending village reaction to this decision.