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DHS, HPHS Staff Distrustful of District Leadership, Survey Says

The anonymous survey showed staff feel low levels of trust and respect from district leadership, but are more positive about school and department leaders.

An anonymous survey of District 113 staff shows that they feel a very low level of trust and respect from the district’s leadership, though they report a much better rapport with school leaders, according to an article in the Deerfield Review.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said they disagreed with the statement that the district has an “atmosphere of trust and mutual respect,” the article states. And 79 percent disagreed with a question asking if faculty and district leadership have a shared vision. In better news, well over half the respondents said they felt supported by both school and department leaders.

The question of distrust between staff and leadership came to a head this spring when Highland Park High School Principal Brad Swanson resigned. Students and parents complained that he did not want to leave and said they were uneasy with the district’s plans to replace him. The board decided to appoint an interim principal and wait a year to install a permanent replacement. Assistant Principal Tom Koulentes will fill that spot for the coming school year.

The District Education Association administered the survey, which was answered by 63 percent of school staff distributed fairly evenly between Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School.

Click here to read the full Deerfield Review story, which has more details on survey results.

William d Brown June 19, 2014 at 08:07 AM
So dan You will be moving ?
alan donahue June 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM
I believe that Jesus will come back to Earth from the Heavens and he will do so first to come to Highland Park. He will visit the children of God and the people of Highland Park because he wants a hot dog from Michael's. After consuming his hot dog, he will hand Carly Rousso a pair of keys to a brand new Hummer and leave. Jesus loves Highland Park and you should too.
Kalman Kahn June 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM
That is the same leadership that pushed through the unreasonable demand for additional funds from the tax payers when they had a surplus so that they could "improve" an already well respected high school group. The amount of distrust should be growing. When is the citizens going to wake up and realize they are being lead down a path to very high taxes and unreasonable demands on themselves
Walter White June 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Same leadership who convinced the idiots in our community to cheerlead for the referendum. Now they won't be able to come up with their promised portion due to mismanagement so it will fall on us again.
alan donahue June 22, 2014 at 01:07 PM
I would not be surprised to find a significant portion of the District 113 budget being used to pay for "chiropractic treatments" by Kevin Dutton to members of the school board.

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