Marge Hubacek tried to retire once already, but in May the Lyons-Brookfield Elementary School District 103 Board or Education talked her into staying one more year as the superintendent’s executive assistant.
Now Marge is really leaving this time, and the parting is bittersweet.
“My goal for this year was to help make a seamless transition between the outgoing board and the incoming board,” Hubacek wrote in her resignation letter, dated Sept. 4.
She said she “tried to bring calm to the district after a hostile election” and “tried to work around the politics.”
But after the board invented a new, $30,000 position for a politically connected part-time assistant to “learn the ropes” of Marge’s duties for a whole school year, she said had to depart.
“After what I consider a blatant political patronage hiring of the new superintendent’s secretary … I can no longer stay,” she wrote.
Village of Lyons employee Charline Doody was brought on board part-time in August. Doody formerly worked for 27 years for the district’s new law firm, Odelson and Sterk.
“I am not only an employee of D103, I am a resident of the district,” Hubacek wrote. “Over the years I have not always been happy with decisions that were made, but I was always confident all decisions were made by putting kids first.”
The first time Marge tried to retire, in the heat of a politicized school board election, the Parents for Excellence in Education slate sent out an email characterizing her exit with two administrators as a sign the district was in chaos.
“If there was ever a louder statement of no confidence in School District 103’s current leadership, the three resignations are a cry for new leadership,” said the email from candidate Greg Ramirez, who ended up not winning a seat on the board.
At the time, Hubacek told the Landmark, “I just take offense. With all the politics, this school board election has gotten really blown up.”
She agreed to postpone her retirement until June 2016 to smooth the transition for the new regime.
Hubacek began her 33-year career as a library aide at Home School in Stickney, where her son attended. She worked at four different District 103 schools before becoming the superintendent’s secretary almost a decade ago.
“I leave this district confident I did the very best job I could and I gave my best effort,” she wrote.
Parents at the Sept. 10 school board meeting wished her the best.
“Truly we’re going to miss you. Every time we’ve had questions you’ve been able to give us some answers, if not some ‘mom’ advice,” said Lincoln School parent Krystal Steiner, of Brookfield. “I’m really, really going to miss that.”