Dist. 62 board takes no action amid superintendent's absence

  • Floyd Williams

    Floyd Williams

Updated 10/30/2017 10:59 PM

Des Plaines Elementary District 62 school board members deliberated behind closed doors more than three hours Monday amid Superintendent Floyd Williams' lengthy and unexplained absence from the district.

But the school board took no action after emerging from executive session and decided to adjourn the meeting until next week, leaving Williams' future with district unclear.


Board President Stephanie Duckmann refused to comment on either the private discussions or whether Williams' absence is voluntary or imposed. Duckmann called the absence a "private matter."

Associate Superintendent Paul Hertel and Assistant Superintendent Nelson Gray attended the meeting, but Williams was not present.

Williams has been not been working at the district offices since at least Oct. 19, just days after the school board had considered but postponed giving him a salary increase. Williams is in the second year of a three-year contract with a $198,000 salary.

Duckmann would not confirm whether the executive session was about Williams. The meeting agenda stated the school board was to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the district."

The discussion will continue at another special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Forest Elementary School at 1375 5th Ave. in Des Plaines.

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