GLEN ELLYN – Parents, teachers and community leaders implored Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education members Sept. 17 to renew the contract of Superintendent Paul Gordon.
"I couldn't be happier with the leadership of Dr. Paul Gordon, a warm, intelligent, attuned leader, who has his finger on the pulse of the community and who supports innovative programs," said Dave Taylor, father of a second-grade student at Churchill Elementary School, in addressing board members at their meeting.
Gordon started with District 41 in 2013, and his contract with the district runs through June 2019. Former Hadley Junior High School math teacher John Adduci also spoke in support of Gordon.
"If the decision is made not to renew the contract, as a parent, taxpayer and voter, I would want to have concrete reasons as to why," Adduci said. "By what measures did our school district fall short of the goals set for the current administration? In what ways will the children of the school district fare better with a new administration?"
Jess Buttimer, who has two children at Lincoln Elementary School, said the community continues to support Gordon.
"I hope that you have listened, and Dr. Gordon has your support," she told board members.
In an email, Buttimer said she was concerned the board will soon vote to conduct a national search for a new superintendent. That topic was not discussed at the meeting.
Also speaking in support of Gordon and his leadership was Glenbard West High School Principal Peter Monaghan.
"In my opinion, the best way to gauge success at Glenbard is to really look at what feeds into us," Monaghan said. "In my opinion, the students that are coming to us from Hadley are hugely prepared. And in my opinion, they've been getting better every year. I can honesty say that. And I hear that from a lot of different places."
Gordon thanked those who spoke at the meeting for their support.
"Thank you for your kind words," he said. "It means more than you'll ever know."