Bellwood D88 Supt. Rosemary Hendricks, who was placed on paid administrative leave on May 8. | Screenshot of the district’s website, SD88.org
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
During a brief May 8 special meeting, the Bellwood District 88 school board voted 6 to 1 to place D88 Supt. Rosemary Hendricks on paid administrative leave “pending investigation.” Former board president Marilyn Thurmond was the sole dissenting vote.
The board had discussed the pending investigation in executive session before reconvening the meeting.
In addition, the board voted 5 to 2 to appoint Mark Holder, the principal at Roosevelt Middle School, as interim superintendent. Board members Thurmond and Annie Copeland were the two dissenting votes.
The board adjourned the meeting shortly after the votes.
This development had been anticipated by many in the district after new board members Deborah Giles, Maria Perez and Dorothy Clark-Smith, all members of the Bellwood Education Dream Team slate, won seats on the school board.
The new members were all vocal opponents of the policies and practices put in place under Thurmond and Hendricks, whose leave comes two years after she was hired for a third time in 2014-15 school year. VFP