It was business as usual at the beginning of the meeting, with the approval of a fee waiver for Drivers Ed and the use of funds for improvement projects at schools throughout the District.
However, the climate changed when it came time for new business, where several board members voiced concern about the current leadership of the board.
“This shouldn’t be like this, it shouldn’t be this difficult. It should be working together, and it is so not that,” said Board Member Jackie Romberg.
“The issues that were expressed basically centered around people feeling disengaged. Which you can’t really afford to have in a board of basically volunteers,” said Board Member Mike Jaensch.
Joining Jaensch, were board members Jackie Romberg, Susan Crotty and Kristin Fitzgerald, who also expressed frustration with what they described as a lack of communication from the president. The group raised another issue with pictures posted to Fielden’s Facebook, showing him at an event with executives from a company that the district does business with; something they felt was inappropriate.
Naperville News 17 sought an on-camera interview with Fielden, but received a written statement that said, “Concerns were unexpectedly raised during open session in advance of the previously scheduled Board self-evaluation on August 24th, 2015. The majority of those concerns will be properly discussed in detail with the IASB who will offer proper guidance for resolution. This IASB process is sound and proper Board Governance. There are also issues that I will personally undertake and address with the 203 Community.
“I initially ran in 2007 based on my construction expertise desiring to serve the interests of the community with the major renovation pending at NCHS. The 203 Community embraced that desire and I have since served with the highest level of integrity.”
“The dynamic, its not healthy right now, so that’s what it really comes down to, we cannot function effectively with a board with this kind of mistrust and lack of communication and that’s where we are and we have to get it fixed,” said Jaensch.
At the closed meeting with a representative from the Illinois Association of School Boards on Monday August 24th, the Board hopes to come to a resolution.
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