It’s Official, Boyce Re-Hired; Proviso Supt. Search Narrows To Two Candidates


Donnie Boyce II

Donnie Boyce, shown during a board meeting last year, was recently re-hired as a coach and security guard at Proviso East High School. | Wednesday Journal

Thursday, February 11, 2016 || Originally Published: ABC 7 Eyewitness News || 2/9/16

A suburban basketball coach is getting his job back after he was fired more than a year ago after his altercation with a student was caught on camera.

The Proviso East school board agreed to bring back Donnie Boyce. The school fired him after video surfaced of him breaking up a fight in December 2014.

He was working as a security guard at the time.

Proviso Supt. Search Narrows To Two Candidates

Originally Published: Forest Park Review || 2/9/16 || By Matthew Hendricksen

Following a nationwide search for a new superintendent to lead Proviso High School District 209, the board has narrowed the number of candidates down to two.

Both candidates will tour the district’s three high schools and attend a meet-and-greet with board members and the public before their final interviews this month.

According to Board President Theresa Kelly, the two final candidates for the superintendent position are Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez and Dr. Eric N. Gallien.

Rodriguez was scheduled to tour Proviso schools on Feb. 10 and attend a meet-and-greet from 6 to 7 p.m. later that evening before the board goes into executive session to conduct their final interview.

Gallien will similarly tour the schools during the day and attend a meet-and-greet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 ahead of his final interview with the board. Both meet-and-greets are scheduled to take place in Proviso East’s Social Room, 807 S. First Ave.

“Both [candidates] seem to be transformational,” Kelly said. “They are both saying they would be visible in the community and are up for the challenge.”

Kelly encouraged district staff and the community to attend both meet-and-greet events and to give their thoughts to board members to help inform their coming decision. At the meet-and-greet, attendees can talk with the candidate and participate in a question-and-answer session with the candidate. Afterward, they can call the superintendent’s office to leave their thoughts on board members’ voicemail boxes, email them, or talk with them directly after the meeting.

“This is a major decision for the Proviso community,” Kelly said of the board’s selection. “We need [the community] to be there and to share their voice. This is why I want the community to come out. I feel it’s very important [for the public] to hear from candidates and speak to them.”

At their Jan. 12 meeting, the board received an update on the district’s superintendent search and discussed the results of a district-wide survey about what qualities the public hoped to see in the next superintendent.

The survey was answered by 82 people, including 27 current staff members and seven students. Survey respondents said they wanted someone accessible and visible to the public in school and at events, friendly with students, and someone who could work collaboratively with the board.

Kelly said the board additionally looked for a candidate that stood out as being trustworthy, a strong communicator, student focused and politically astute. She felt both final candidates met the board’s high expectations in these areas.

After both have met the public and completed their final interviews with the board, the board will meet again to discuss their options and choose the candidate they feel will best perform for the district. Kelly said she expects the board will have made a decision before the end of February. VFP

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2 thoughts on “It’s Official, Boyce Re-Hired; Proviso Supt. Search Narrows To Two Candidates”

  1. I’m glad that the board members of District 209 are going to re-hire Donnie Boyce back! The Boys Varsity Basketball team hasn’t been the same with his presence, and making a huge impact to our teenage boys to mentor and give them guidance. I would definitely attend the “meet and greet” for the new Supt. candidates to ask them questions of how to make an impact at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA for our children in the Proviso Township.

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