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District 186 Human Resources Director Steps Down
Statement from District 186:
School Superintendent Dr. Walter Milton, Jr., accepted a letter of resignation today from Dr. Alexander Ikejiaku, director of human resources for Springfield Public Schools. The resignation is effective the end of the business day today.
“I have decided to step down from my position of director of human resources effective close of business on November 21,” stated Dr. Ikejiaku in his letter. “This will make room for new leadership in the HR Office, as well as refocus attention on the district’s business of educating students.”
“While it is with regret that I accept Dr. Ikejiaku’s resignation, Springfield Public Schools will move forward to ensure that personnel needs are met and that human resource decisions are made in the best interest of our students. I wish Dr. Ikejiaku and his family well,” said Dr. Milton.
Meanwhile, the District is performing a credentials check of all 1,313 certified staff members, the findings of which will be presented to the School Board no later than December 3, the date of its next regular meeting. Concerns about district hiring procedures arose following the arrest earlier this month of a one-year contractual Lanphier High School teacher accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with students. That teacher has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
The District also has asked the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education to begin its biennial audit of certified staff credentials in December rather than next year as originally scheduled.
“Other than the 2011/2012 certification issue at Springfield High School, the Springfield School District has always received the Full Recognition Status recommendation from the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education,” said Sangamon County ROE Superintendent Jeff Vose.
“Also,” Vose said, “I would like to mention that the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education believes that it has a strong working relationship with Springfield School District 186. District 186 has made serious attempts to reduce the number of certification issues that the ROE has found through our compliance visits.”
(Superintendent Vose’s concern regarding the certification issue at Springfield High School, unrelated to the Lanphier situation, was fully resolved last year.)
Dr. Milton will recommend that the School Board approve appointing Bob Leming, a retired district human resources director, as acting director for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.
“While this has been a trying time for Springfield Public Schools, I am eager to establish the groundwork for a strong second half of the school year. Springfield Public Schools has much to be thankful for, including our tremendous staff, committed families, exceptional students, and supportive community,” Dr. Milton said.