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Retired District 300 superintendent to temporarily run district

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  • Ken Arndt, retired superintendent of Community Unit District 300, has returned to the district as interim superintendent.

      Ken Arndt, retired superintendent of Community Unit District 300, has returned to the district as interim superintendent.
    BRIAN HILL/bhill@, October 2010


A familiar face will temporarily run Community Unit District 300 until the superintendent the district hired is certified to work in Illinois.

Ken Arndt, the district's superintendent from 2001 until his retirement in 2011, returns as interim superintendent and will make $472 for every day he works, according to a contract the school board unanimously approved Monday night.

As part of the terms of the agreement, Arndt will work a maximum of 100 days during the next school year as board consultant.

Arndt will work part time for the district through June 30, 2015, or until Fred Heid, the district's incoming leader and a Florida native, receives his superintendent or provisional superintendent certification from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Arndt will not receive sick, vacation or personal days. He will, however, receive health insurance until he turns 65.

In May, the board named Heid as its next superintendent, but he cannot start working in that capacity until the state completes its review of his credentials.

Heid is working as the district's chief executive officer until then and has said the review process could take four months.

"I will do everything I can to make sure we accelerate that timeline," Heid said in May.

The arrangement means Arndt and Heid will make decisions about the Algonquin-based district as a team, with Arndt performing the duties of superintendent.

The board approved Heid's contract in May, and he will make $210,000 a year. He replaces Michael Bregy, who left the district to run North Shore School District 112, based in Highland Park.

Under the contract, Arndt will give Heid a detailed description of his billable hours every other Monday for what he worked the prior two weeks.

Heid will schedule Arndt's specific days and hours of employment as well as any meetings he may need to attend.

During the agreement, Arndt is required to maintain a valid Illinois certificate to act as superintendent of schools.

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