School District News: Rumors swirl around Sheffield departure
By Jim Hagerty
According to sources close to the Rockford Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. LaVonne M. Sheffield is parting ways with District 205.
While it has not been confirmed whether Sheffield has resigned, sources say a release announcing her departure is expected by Tuesday, April 5.
In an attempt to confirm the report, The Rock River Times spoke to Sub District C school board member Alice Saudargas and Board of Education President David Kelley.
As of Saturday afternoon, Saudargas was not aware that Sheffield may be leaving the district.
However, the superintendent’s removal was discussed Tuesday, March 29 when the board met in closed session before the weekly school board meeting.
“We discussed it briefly,” Saudargas said. “But, we didn’t get that far with it.”
Saudargas also said the board used the session to mull grievances Jude Makulec (Sub District D) had with The Rock River Times.
Makulec did not return phone calls regarding the matter.
Monday, March 28, The Rock River Times attempted to follow-up on reports that Makulec was meeting with a group of teachers about complaints against a District 205 administrator. Makuelc told The Rock River Times she could not discuss the alleged complaint because it was a personnel matter involving a child.
She also said she did not meet with the teachers because the the matter was leaked to the press.
As for Sheffield’s departure, Kelley said a decision to terminate the superintendent has not been made. A resignation, Kelley said, would be something he would inquire about with Sheffield.
“It would not surprise me if she wanted to leave,” Kelley said. “There are certain people in town who want to serve LaVonne’s head on a platter.
“This is not the first media inquiry I have gotten on this today. I have nothing to say other than, ‘I had better call LaVonne to see if there is any truth to it.’”
As of this report, the Facebook group, Wanting a Resignation of LaVonne Sheffield has 3,240 members. Petitions calling for Sheffield’s ouster contain more than 1,450 signatures.
Attempts to reach Sheffield were unsuccessful.
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