The Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 school board recently approved the appointment of Gayle Wahlin as interim human resources director while Brenda Horton, the current director, is out on leave.

District officials did not elaborate on the reasons for Horton’s leave of absence or how long she’ll be out.

According to a memo drafted by Mike Carioscio, D200’s chief information officer, Wahlin “has over 30 years of experience in education and has completed a number of interim leadership assignments since her retirement in 2007.”

Among her assignments, Wahlin has been director of professional service for the DuPage Regional Office of Education, and an HR assistant superintendent, as well as an interim superintendent, for Fenton Community High School District 100.

The D200 board voted on Wahlin’s appointment during a special meeting, Jan. 16. Wahlin will perform Horton’s duties on a month-to-month basis unless her employment agreement is terminated earlier.

She’ll be paid $800 for each full day she serves as interim HR director and will “receive no other compensation, insurance or fringe benefits from the board during the term of this agreement,” according to the agreement’s language.

Wahlin also won’t receive any vacation leave, sick leave, holiday pay or personal leave during the period of her temporary employment.


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