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posted: 8/12/2014 5:30 AM

U-46 board seeking interim to replace Torres

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  • Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres' last day on the job is Sept. 12, after which he will take the helm of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

       Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres' last day on the job is Sept. 12, after which he will take the helm of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 

Elgin Area School District U-46 officials have been mum about plans to replace outgoing Superintendent José Torres.

The school board met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss options for bringing someone on board to lead the district for the 2014-15 school year.

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"We're just looking for an interim," school board President Donna Smith said. She added the search for a successor will take much longer and won't likely happen immediately.

It took six months the last time the district sought a superintendent. Right now, the vacancy hasn't been posted even on the district's website.

"We hope to be able to share more of the plan Aug. 18 at the regular meeting," Smith said.

Torres has been working with the school board to ensure the school year gets off to a good start. His last day with U-46 is Sept. 12.

Torres announced his resignation Aug. 1 after six years at the helm of the state's second-largest school district serving roughly 40,000 students from 11 communities. He will become the fourth president of Aurora-based Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IMSA, a state-funded boarding school.

U-46 officials said Torres won't pay a penalty for quitting his U-46 contract early before its June 30, 2016, expiration. He was earning a salary and benefits package of roughly $292,000 with the district.

The IMSA board will vote on hiring Torres at its Aug. 20 meeting. Torres is expected to start there in September. Details about his salary and perks with IMSA won't be available, though Torres' predecessor made roughly $232,000.

Meanwhile, a farewell reception for Torres is scheduled from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Elgin High School Library, 1200 Maroon Drive in Elgin. The community is invited to attend the open house hosted by the school board.

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