A Bold Plan for Efficient Management Agreement by Mundelein Districts to Share Superintendent May Be Model for Others

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A Bold Plan for Efficient Management Agreement by Mundelein Districts to Share Superintendent May Be Model for Others


Decades ago, schools in Mundelein investigated consolidating, and they have revisited the idea several times since then.

But the concept always has been stalled by concerns about loss of control, uncertainty regarding savings and the difficulties imposed by a patchwork of four public elementary school districts that contribute students to Mundelein High School District 120.

Now, District 120 and Mundelein Elementary District 75 have come up with a creative way to test the concept, at least in part. One of the most visible steps is shared leadership. High school Superintendent Kevin Myers will also oversee District 75 after next year, when District 75 Superintendent Andy Henrikson plans to retire.

Proponents see several benefits and point out the districts have been moving closer together for years. They share some technology staff and instead of District 120 adding athletic fields, the high schoolers have been using some owned by District 75.

Now, both school districts say, they'll be able to better coordinate elementary and high school education and steer more money toward classrooms.

We've always been a proponent of governments sharing staff and services, and in other school districts such arrangements seem to be working fine. Libertyville District 70 and Oak Grove District 68 in Green Oaks share a business manager and other staff. District 70 and Gavin Elementary District 37 share a teacher for hearing-impaired students. …

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