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Kaneland unanimously OKs hiring 2nd interim superintendent

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The Kaneland school board hired its second interim superintendent in a week on Tuesday.

The new one will be paid less, however, because she will not help the district look for a new superintendent.

The board voted 6-0 to hire Renee Goier, who retired in 2013 as superintendent of Deerfield District 109. Board member Pedro Rivas was absent.

Goier will be paid $800 a day, up to $80,000. Retired superintendents are limited to no more than 100 days of work for a school district per year before pension benefits are affected.

Goier starts Tuesday morning.

"Of all our candidates, Dr. Goier's perspective and experience, throughout every level of her K-12 career, is by far the deepest," board President Cheryl Krauspe said, reading from a prepared statement.

Krauspe said after the meeting that the board will hire a search firm to look for a permanent superintendent.

Goier lives in Sugar Grove, which pleased board member Tony Valente, who wants the next permanent superintendent to live in the district so he or she will be a part of the community. "She lives in Sugar Grove, so she can hit the ground running," Valente said. And in her interview with the board, "she was just phenomenal," Valente said.

Goier, however, lives in the Prestbury subdivision, which is in West Aurora District 129.

Goier was one of five people the board interviewed in August, before hiring former Palos Hills superintendent Ken Sorrick Aug. 25.

At the beginning of the meeting, audience member Tony Cargola of Sugar Grove spoke in support of Valente. Sorrick cited Valente's actions at the Aug. 25 board meeting as the reason he quit the next day, writing that Valente was "disrespectful" to district administrators, fellow board members and a Kaneland Education Association negotiator who were at the meeting.

"I know a lot of people, and a lot of people seem to appreciate Mr. Valente and his viewpoint of looking out for us," Cargola said.

Goier did not attend Tuesday's board meeting.

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