For anyone worried what would happen with Kyle Hastings, the man brought in by the Lyons political machine to serve as interim superintendent of Lyons-Brookfield Elementary School District 103, fret no longer.
Hastings won’t have to figure out a way to get by on his $52,000 annual pension he gets from the 15 years he spent working at various school districts in the area, the $600 per year he gets for his two years working at South Suburban College or the paltry 150 bucks per meeting he gets as Mayor of Orland Hills to attend each meeting of that village’s board.
No, Hastings will do just fine over the next four years after snagging a contract to remain in District 103 as the central office’s apparent jack of all trades. He’ll be paid the handsome sum of $1,000 per day to work 100 days per year over the next four years. That’s a cool $100,000 for a part-time job.
Not that Hastings won’t be earning that money. He will pack what sounds like an incredible amount of effort into that half-time gig. According to Hastings, he won’t just be serving as the assistant superintendent, a new position for the school district, by the way.
He’ll be doing the job of the Jason Gold, who will bolt on July 1 to become principal of Komarek School in North Riverside. Gold serves as District 103’s coordinator of English language arts, math initiatives and teacher/principal retention and development. The District 103 school board does not plan on refilling that position.
With just 20 percent of students meeting new state standards on the PARCC exam in 2015, District 103 can use all of the curricular help it can get. The board apparently feels that Hastings will be able to spend part of his part-time job to address curriculum and teacher professional development sufficiently to improve student achievement.
Hastings says he’ll also be pitching in with human resources — no doubt helping the district’s $75,000 per year new hire in that department, an attorney who came with little in the way of HR experience — along with other, unspecified duties.
All that on top of running the village of Orland Hills. The man must be mechanized.
We wonder how much say Hastings will have in choosing his successor. Typically, the hired-gun interim pro stays out of the way of the school board when it comes to making those kinds of decisions.
Of course, we’re not privy to the internal discussions regarding the superintendent hiring process in District 103, so we don’t know.
We can only imagine what most prospective candidates looking to make a mark as a professional educational leader would think about an arrangement where a highly paid, part-time assistant — who formerly was the boss — with a solid four-year deal and the backing of a local political boss is forced upon them.
We imagine they’d be running for the hills.