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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

GOV, meet the new superintendent [D209]

On Monday the District 209 (Proviso Township High Schools) board of education voted to offer Stan Fields the position of superintendent. There was some concern about whether this was a good faith offer since Fields had time remaining on his contract at Mundelein HS.


Daily Herald (Russell Lissau)
confirms Fields is leaving Mundelein for Proviso. It's also a good piece for learning what Fields critics had to say about him.
Fields’ tenure at Mundelein has been fraught with controversy, virtually from its start. Shortly after being hired, he restructured the administration as a cost-saving move and banned junk-food sales on campus. He also took heat from the community for a controversial proposal to overhaul the school’s curriculum and graduation requirements, a plan that eventually was scaled back.

Fields also has been criticized by residents and staff members for several failed initiatives, including a proposal to replace local security workers with an outside firm and a plan for scoreboards with corporate sponsors.

Mundelein Review (Linda Blaser) also mentions an open meetings violation.

I'm warming up to Fields already. Robert Libka, the outgoing CEO, was exceedingly passive in his approach to running the district. He waited to be told what to do. You may not agree with Stan Fields, but it seems clear he's a man of action. He's going to formulate how to improve the schools and then he's going to implement it.

And the people in the Welch-led majority deserve some credit. The minority doesn't think the best candidate was hired, but at least Libka wasn't hired. Either board member Shirley Madlock showed some resolve under pressure to resist hiring Libka or the four of them came to the realization that Libka just wasn't going to be a strong superintendent.

For more info see Forest Park Review (Bob Skolnik).

43 Comments:

  • Hopefully others will join in your "warming up to Fields". I'm OK with the outcome. Eveybody seems to have won a little bit of justice despite all the challenges. Personally, I can live with it.

    Now that he's in, or certainly looks like on his way, my hope is that we can move forward and find greater unity.

    By Anonymous Mrs. Dash, at 6:49 PM, August 16, 2006  

  • BTW: Let's get the housecleaning underway.

    Mrs. D

    By Anonymous he said she, at 6:51 PM, August 16, 2006  

  • I got to give it to this jerk Welch. He was sneaky and actually smart enough to duke the other board members, the community, the teachers, and most of all Libka. He used his medicore law skills and played them like a violin. Welch never wanted Libka as supt. and Libka was and never will be smart enough to catch on to what Welch was and still is doing to him, which is use him until he is no longer needed. If Libka had not been a puppet and a liar for Welch and had worked for the entire board and remained neutral during their closed door fights, maybe the other board members would have supported him. Now, Libka's name is all over the internet and if he wants to continue his career as a supt. this madness from Proviso will always follow him. What school district, besides Proviso, will take a supt. with so much baggage?Libka became so confident in Welch that he started to comprimise his own intergrity and ethics and the result was that he was only a pawn in Welch's game, used and abused like a male whore.

    Welch distracted the community with the controversy of having Libka as a final candidate and that way he was able to slip Fields in. The other board members were so busy blocking Libka, with Madlock leading the block, that they did not realize that Welch really wanted Fields. Did Welch really fight for Libka? No, not really, Welch from the start wanted Fields. How did Fields make it as a finalist? Well, the Birket Group lost their crediablity with the King fiasco. So, maybe they were in Welch's back pocket; we have definitely seen that before.

    Welch had this planned from the start. Shirley Madlock deserves a Tony Award for her dramatization in the well-staged play, The Supt. Search. She does not care if she gets any flack from the community or from teachers about her vote, because she does not plan on running for the school board in April. She was a dumb ditz from the start and should have never been on 209's board. Her daughter didn't attend Proviso; she sent her to a private school in River Forest. Proviso is not good enough for her daughter, but Madlock can create the policies that will effect the thousands of children in our communities! And Madlock does it so arrongantly without any thought to the harm she is doing to children.

    One thing about Welch, is that he is a planner. I don't know if planner is the correct word to use, but I am trying to not use expletives in this comment. Any other suggestions for characterizing Welch are welcomed.

    FOR EXAMPLE...................

    1. With the help of his godmother Alexis Wallace, he planned his take over and demise of Proviso Township High Schools. In just two years he built relationships with the crooks of Proviso Township and made allies with all the mayors. By being vicuously deceitful, he was able to end life long relationships: Gene Moore and Theresa Kelly (childhood friends). I am not blue or disappointed about their falling out and I am sure they aren't either, but Moore doesn't realize how Welch has under handily dictated who Moore can and cannot be affliated with. Gene Moore has no idea what Welch is capable of doing. Yes, Moore was about to self-destruct, but in this last election Welch helped greatly in Moore's defeat. Yeah, Welch gave Moore $160,000 for covering the district's insurance, but rumor has it that now Welch wants Moore to cancel the policy. Why?

    2. He planned and orchestrated Jackson's firing, again getting Madlock's vote to seal the deal. Jackson had done everything Welch wanted, even recommending the notorious, unqualified Wallace as West's principal and hiring her equally as unqualified sister as Dean of students. In the past, Wallace was an outspoken critic of nepotism at Proviso, critizing a married couple for both being Deans at West (the husband being his wife's boss), and what Wallace has done in her reign as the principal is far worse than what she has lambasted others for doing.

    3. Welch planned hiring Nikita Johnson and then soon Fields was to follow in the position of supt. I don't think the faculty and staff really knows that Fields and Johnson are ruthless . Well, Johnson learned how to be callous and cold-hearted from her mentor Fields. They having been this Bonnie and Clyde team for a while. Johnson has followed Fields to two different schools and now she has her Clyde with her at Proviso. Just by reading Mundelien's local paper, the guy was not liked by the community or the faculty. He wanted to do away with the school's security and hire a private firm. HUM? Who does that remind you of?
    No wonder why Mundelein's board is so willing to get rid of him; this guy was despised by board members, faculty, and staff. We are getting Mundelelein's five day old left overs.
    Fields will be far worse than what people thought about Jackson and of course not as friendly as Mr. nice guy Libka. Fields was brought in to be a marine boot camp supt.

    4. Welch critized Manzo for continously hiring J and J contractors, but now uses J and J just as much or more than Manzo did. Why? Because he can have his campaigns funded through the school's vendors and contractors. But hasn't Welch gone on record insulting Manzo for these same actions?

    5. Welch has always planned on running for State rep. And who did Welch seek out when he was an unknown below average attorney, a NOBODY? Yes you guessed it, Gene Moore! Wallace begged Kelly, calling her daily, to set up a meetings with Moore and Welch. Of course Moore saw Welch as the right candidate to destroy Yarbrough, a young attorney that no one really knew much about, but it didn't work. Welch junked up Proviso with those expensive signs and lost.
    Lightford needs to be careful, because Welch wants to be in Springfield so bad that he will cut off the hand that feds him to get there.

    6. My take on the supt. search is that Welch and Madlock planned that Madlock would not support or vote for Libka, so by default the final candidates would be Fields and Harris. Welch portrayed to Libka and others that he really wanted Libka, but told Madlock not to vote for Libka. So, they (Adams and Henry) comprimised for Fields, which had been Welch's pick from the start.


    I guess Welch got his way in the end. The joke has been on us for six years. He is laughing all the way to the bank.

    By Blogger inside_scoop, at 10:55 PM, August 16, 2006  

  • inside_scoop:

    You never mention just why Mr. Welch wanted Mr. Fields in the position of superintendent rather than Dr. Libka and I'm interested in your take on this. After all, if, as you say, Dr. Libka was Mr. Welch's puppet, why wouldn't Mr. Welch want to continue to be the puppet-master which puts him in a enhanced position of power to call the shots in the district?

    Further, if Mr. Fields holds true-to-form to his behavior in the Mundelein School District, it would seem that he might want to clean house upon his arrival here. This might, in part, translate into eliminating those employees in the district who received or maintained their jobs by virtue of who they knew rather than competence, for example, some might argue, certain god-mothers and daughters of people currently in power. I don't see how those in power benefit from this possible house-cleaning unless, in fact, they've changed their tune, want to go in a new direction, and are at least somewhat considering the best interests of the children and District 209. Of course, hiring Mr. Fields might look good to the feds as well who I've heard are taking a look at alleged District 209 shenanigans.

    If you impute negative motives to Mr. Welch for contributing to the decision to hire Mr. Fields, I'd like to know what you think they are.

    By Blogger Steven, at 7:30 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • I think the people who comment on this website are largely those with negative intentions and nefarious motives. I think it's possible in all this madness that Welch and his crew are the real reformers in Proviso politics. It appears to me that everything they say they are going to do, they do. They got rid of the crooked Jackson/Gilchrist team that ruled Proviso like a dictatorship. They dethroned Kelly who ran Proviso like it was her fief-dom. She traveled the globe and ate expensive meals at taxpayer expense while firing long time head coaches like Dave Glover, Andrew Johnson and Mark Schneider for disasters like Bo Flowers, Troy Jackson and Chris Head. Who put an end to that madness, Welch and his crew. Welch said Libka was an interim until the board did a search, and what did they do? A search. They found a qualified superintendent with a proven record, and what are people saying now, Welch back stabbed Libka. The guy can't win. Leadership is not a popularity contest. I hope Welch, Madlock, Henry and Adams continue to do what they are doing because they are doing an excellent job. Hats off to the Students First Party.

    By Anonymous Observer, at 7:57 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • Carl, I read your entry on the new superintendent, and I have to agree, the Welch led majority deserve some credit. It appears from reading the article in the Daily Herald that Dr. Fields has critics like any Superintendent has critics. But apparently, the worse thing they can say about him in Mundelein is that he implemented some good things that are working too fast. I'm sure he's learned from whatever happened in Mundelein and he will do these same good things for Proviso in good speed. God Bless him. I wish him luck. Kudos to the Welch led majority.

    By Anonymous Proviso Reader, at 8:01 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • Wow! The Proviso Board did something right for the first time. Here's a question though. Why is Flowers, Kelly and Marine still so negative? I thought their issue was DUMB Libka. The majority goes out and gets an experienced superintendent, and they are still opposed to it. Is is possible that this Harris guy was a plant of theirs, and they would not have been satisfied with any candidate other than Harris. I hear Harris goes from District to District for the same "low" salary because he knows how to still money behind the scenes. I also hear he just uses the district's for material for books. Is this true? If so, shame on you Flowers, Kelly and Marine. Also, I hear Marine didn't even participate in the process. Apparently the final three candidates all went through extensive interviews over the last four months, and Marine showed up only this past Monday to vote for who Kelly told him to vote for. Is this true? If so, shame on you Kelly and Marine!!!

    By Anonymous I see the truth, at 8:05 AM, August 17, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 8:29 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • observer:

    I'm certainly willing to give Mr. Welch and his "block" the benefit of the doubt in terms of having done the right thing by way of hiring Mr. Fields. I can't speak to their motives for having done so, but I hope, I really hope, that their consideration of the best interests of our children and district was at the forefront. Time will tell.

    I'm pleased as punch that Dr. Libka was not selected for the position. I have my reasons to believe that he would have done little, if anything, to improve the educational system at District 209. One of my major reasons for this belief is that he has not demonstrated the capability of making significant changes in the last 12 months while he had the opportunity to do so. Whistling a happy tune, in and of itself, although pleasant, falls quite short. I would like to nominate the Chairman of the Social Studies Department at Proviso West to give Dr. Libka's "obituary", in terms of his failure to achieve the superintendency, at the next board meeting ... maybe at the time that the meeting becomes tedious or boring. I'm sure we'll all be moved by it (into the hallway and out of the front door).

    By Blogger Steven, at 8:38 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • Ok, let's see...I'm not sold on this whole process and Fields just yet. As they say, time will tell.

    As for Flowers and Kelly, they still have the best interest of the community at heart and it shows in their actions. That’s why they have my support and the blessings of the township. All they ever wanted was the best candidate for the superintendent position. Harris is hands down the best candidate for the position, but it doesn’t mean that he is the only one who can attain results. Proviso Township has always seemed to play in the B leagues when it comes to hiring qualified administrators and handling business that's in the best interest of the community. This need not be the case going forward.

    For the sake of the community and the students, I really hope Fields can help turn around this sinking ship. I truly hope Fields doesn’t become a yes man to Welch and the majority board due to the 4-3 vote. Fair, objective and rational are the words for the moment.

    By Anonymous it will all reveal in time, at 9:39 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • Stan Fields is not a yes man. He consistently and fairly stands behind his positions. However, he is also steadfastly loyal to those who believe in him. If this Flowers and Kelly woman are downing Fields as they uphold Harris, they are going to have some problems because clearly the board majority has demonstrated by their vote that they believe in him. Fields is a good man. Fair and has the highest integrity. If people are doing legal, equitable things for the good of the school district, he will support it. If they are not, he won't. Bottomline here is that Fields will definitely be loyal to the Welch led majority because they went to bat for him, but there is room on the band wagon for Flowers and Kelly. It's up to them.

    By Anonymous Mundelein Insider, at 12:28 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • From what I see, the District is headed in the right direction. Keep up the good work board majority, and here's to wishing the new superintendent all the best.

    By Anonymous Watching and Waiting, at 12:29 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • I applaud Sue Henry and Shirley Madlock. It appears from the Board selecting a new Superintendent that the two women must have played a critical role in this process because I believe Welch really wanted Libka, but he had to respect the wishes of his team. Keep up the good work Henry and Madlock. Don't let the negativity from the enemy distract you from fighting for the kids. Go Girls!!!!

    By Anonymous Here's to Henry and Madlock, at 12:32 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Wait a minute. Something here doesn’t make sense.

    There are a lot of unanswered questions that makes me a little skeptical.


    Why would Mr. Fields want to break his current contract to take a pay cut to come to District 209? If I'm not mistaken, he has 3 years left.

    Why would District 209 select a candidate from another "at risk" school? What did Fields accomplish there if they are still "at risk"?

    What can he accomplish at Proviso that he couldn't accomplish at his current position?

    Let's add this up...in his current position; Fields is not liked by his community. In his current position Chris Welch is not liked by his community.

    In his current position, Fields was not liked by the school board. In his current position, Chris Welch runs a divided school board where he is not liked...just tolerated.

    Wouldn't one think, with all the decisiveness at District 209, they would select someone who has a track record of bringing people together...not the opposite; someone with a track record that proves that he can raise the level of achievement at an "at risk" school.

    Again, something just ain't right.

    Am I the only one who finds it beyond coincidence that the newly hired business manager Nikita Johnson and Fields are from the same school district? Why do they both want to leave...and out of all places, come to proviso?

    This gives me a feeling that this was all smoke and mirrors. It was predetermined that Fields would get this position.

    Fields, when originally asked in his first interview, if he would be available immediately (he's still under contract) couldn't give a definitive answer. To this day, he has still not committed or given a definitive answer on his availability. This should raise a red flag. And it did...to everyone except Welch and majority board.

    Any thoughts?

    And for the record...beware of back to back postings saying the same thing (i.e. Postings at 7:57, 8:01, 8:05 and 12:22, 12:29 and 12:32)

    Any bets that they are one and the same? Or just a coincidence like Nikita Johnson and Stan Fields...

    By Anonymous unanswered questions and coincidence, at 12:50 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Unanswered questions you are right on point. Those comments are rather close together. The comments are from Welch or his freak show off of 5th ave. People showed Welch in April that he was washed up. Are there still many Welch supporters?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:42 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • BTW, what's up with Bob Libka?

    As I understand things there isn't much need for him, right? Once you sign Konerko and trade for Thome there's not really a place on the roster for Frank Thomas, right?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:16 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Why is Welch having people (or he is doing it himself) putting fake comments on the blogger. He doesn't realize that the times are so close together with Observer, Proviso Reader, and I See the Truth. Also, look at the times of Mundelin Reader, Watching and Waiting, and Here's to Henry and Madlock. Is Chris really this dumb or are his supporters retards?

    Observer is always insulting the people that write on the blogger but seems obsessed with reading the comments and commenting themself. This hypocrite has to be Welch. It sounbds so much like the punk BIATCH!

    It is also that Welch or Welch supporters wrote six comments after the Inside Scoop honestly tore Welch another asshole. Welch is trying to save face, but everyone knows what Welch, Madlock, Henry, and Adams are doing to this community. They should be brought up on criminal charges. Welch always tries to attack other board members; Kelly, Marine, and Flowers. The only reason Madlock and Adams attend meetings is because Welch needs their vote and threatens them that they must be at every meeting. Adams has never attended a graduation in all of his six years on the board. Adams is a scary piece of shit that suffers from the little man syndrome. Welch makes a fool out of himm at every meeting, but I understand that Serpico gives Adams his orders. Adams can be bought and sold like a hoe!

    Also, if the new supt. is going to show Welch his loyalty, then he bettter get ready to do some jail time. Welch's freedom days are numbered. Just count the wrinkles on his bald head. I see stress! I smell a rat!

    Welch will be scrambling come April with his punk ass.

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 4:16 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Also, to Here's to Henry and Madlock......What a dumb ass you are. Madlock wanted Fields and Henry cried like a baby and wanted Libka. Where is the unity there? Welch whipped both of his hoes into shape and told them that they were both going to vote for Fields. Welch tells them at every meeting, "Bitch betta have my vote"

    These women are nothing to be proud of. They are politcal prostitutes and Welch is their pimp. CHURCH!

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 4:21 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • I hear Stan Fields' contract will be approved by the Proviso Board on Monday, August 21, 2006. His resignation is being accepted by the Mundelein Board at their meeting on Tuesday,August 22, 2006 and Fields is starting at Proviso on Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Fields has always wanted to work in Proviso, but apparently Flowers rejected him years ago because he is white. Flowers does not believe a white man can do the job, but Fields will show him.

    By Anonymous Friend of Fields, at 6:12 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • TIred of Punk Ass Welch says,

    Chris cut it out! You know damn well Flowers was not on the board "years ago". He was just voted in when your punk ass won your re-election, so how could he block Fields. If any one blocked Fields it would be you, because you have been stealing, I meaning serving on the board for six years.

    You are a disgrace to every Black man in America. You are a Clarence Thomas wanna be. You wished you had been born a White woman. I know you wanted a White Barbie doll growing up!

    You know Flowers' supt pick was not about race, it was about the best man for the job. You worship White people and steal from your own people to make their pockets fatter. You are a confused Negro that would drink some bleach if it could make you White. Go get you some damn counseling. The tax payers will pay for it; they paid for all of your campaigns. I hope you get sent up the river with no paddle, with your scary, punk ass.


    Get your bus ticket ready! WE gone send your ass to Nantucket!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:24 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Mr. Welch I have grown to respect you. The fact that all these people on this blog focus so much energy on you is amazing.

    Stick to your guns!

    By Anonymous teacher 666, at 6:53 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Take a look at this fair and impartial article from the Mundelein Review...http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/mu/08-17-06-1007290.html

    By Anonymous Mundelein Insider, at 8:24 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Sounds like we have a good one headed our way Insider.

    By Anonymous Reader, at 8:35 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Hey Tired of Punk Ass Welch, I served on the search committee for District 89's new superintendent back in 2001 when Charles Flowers was the Board President. At that time, we recommended Stan Fields for the job, but Charles Flowers vetoed the work of the committee and picked Elizabeth Reynolds. Everyone knew he picked her over Fields because she was black and he was white.

    By Anonymous L.A. from Melrose Park, at 9:04 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Teacher 666, do you know that 666 is the devil's sign. No wonder why you support Welch. He believes in Lucifer too. I hope you are not a teacher at Proviso. I don't want my child being taught by a devil worshipper.

    By Blogger District209Parent, at 11:28 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Sorry, I forget to address I.A. from Melrose Park. The same thing you are accusing Flowers of, Welch is doing it against his own people. Welch fires and despies Black men and replaces them with White men. So, is that okay when Welch is racist against his own people? He fired Mack and hired Starsiak. He fired Jackson and hired Libka. He picked Fields over Harris. Seems the only racist is Welch.

    Welch always associated with Whites in high school and is owning up to the term Uncle Tom. Welch does not like himself and projects that against other Black men. Welch has very low self-esteem problem and came from a disfunctional family. He lied to the people of Melrose Park and stated that his parents died in a car crash. Do you really trust him? Don't you think this guy is nuts?

    His low self-esteem problem is shown by the many women he dates in and around the community. He is sick. He has Imoni Baxter, Melissa, Nikita Johnson, Alicia, Trottie, Rev. Porter's grand daughter, Sue Henry, Shirley Madlock, and the countless amount of White girls. Oh, I forgot Gene Moore and Al. He really needs to seek help. It is sad that in 2006 we still have Blacks, like Welch, acting as the overseer for the White man. Welch has been more destructive to this community than any White man can ever be.

    So for the record Welch is the true racist.

    By Blogger District209Parent, at 11:42 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • WELCH HAS A PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FOR HIM.THIS SUPT. COMES FROM MUNDALINE WITH THE BUSINESS MANAGER. THIS SHIT STINKS. WHY DONT THEY GO GET A REAL SUPT. LIKE SD88 DID AND REALLY CLEAN HOUSE................
    NO W HOW THEY WORK.

    By Anonymous BROKEN MACHINE, at 11:54 PM, August 17, 2006  

  • Ms. Coffee says: You people are crazy! No one seems to be happy with any decisions made. First nobody wanted Libka, now it was a conspiracy to hire Fields. Can't we just say, the proof will be in the pudding. From what I hear, Proviso is in financial trouble. Read the Pioneer Press article about Fields. Seems like they credit him for 2 things, tightening the belt and improving education. Isn't this what Proviso needs right now? Give this guy a chance, but watch out for the referendum that will be coming up soon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:28 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • District 209 Parent you seem to have an awful lot of information about Welch and who he dates, who he hung out with in high school, etc. Are you a disgruntled ex-lover of his? Either way, you should grow up and keep the discussion on the proper topic. How did Welch fire Mack for Starsiak? Does he have a vote? Rumor has it Mack got caught stealing money from kids? Rumor has it he was writing himself checks and cashing them at Currency Exchanges. If that occurred, wouldn't he deserve to be fired? Same for Jackson. Rumor has it he was banging the business manager in his office and got caught by a janitor one night. Allegedly, Jackson also was screwing at least one support staff member at West and two teachers at East. He was also paying for the college tuition of each of these women without board knowledge and approval. If these rumors are true, wouldn't Jackson deserve to be let go?

    By Anonymous K.C., at 7:35 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • Ok, let's see...

    If there was an article written about Bob Libka, and the reporters asked Chris Welch, Dan Adams and Sue Henry, one would think Libka did great things. Doesn’t make it true...

    The same thing can be said regarding the article in the pioneer local about Fields.

    Like everything...it depends on who you talk to...

    Oh, K.C. is funny.


    You chastised the "district209parent" about the comments about who Welch is dating, but then you turn around spit illegitimate rumors about Greg Jackson.

    You can't have it both ways...if you are going to be above the fray...then being above the fray. By succumbing to the same thing you chastised, kills your credibility and come off as petty and immature.

    By Anonymous Again, at 9:42 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • I know that Mr. Fields will need some time to begin to understand the nature of the beast, District 209 politics, that he may find himself struggling with, but I'm wondering if we might help him along a little?

    Accusations fly across this blog about the relationships between and among those in power and those who allegedly benefit from the power such as relatives, friends, political allies, connected contractors, etc. There have been claims that some of these power beneficiaries are ill-trained, ill-prepared, not properly credentialed, incompetent, and/or bogging down or abusing the system in one way or another.

    I know it's asking a lot, but I'm also wondering if individuals who are privy to such arrangements can cite them with some proof here --- not the usual and ignorant stuff such as, "I heard that bald-headed (so and so) is screwing (fill-in-the-blank) or "(fill-in-the-blank)'s momma has messed with all the board members, male and female".

    Maybe, we can articulately, intelligently, and gently point Mr. Fields to certain problem areas that he may want to eventually address through an appropriate channel or means of communication with him?

    By Blogger Steven, at 10:31 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • In my opinion, referendum is far out on the horizon at this time. The reason referenda fail is because the move is often too premature. People need to feel their money is beng put to good use. To convince the voters that such is the case, test score will have to show significant improvement. It is with this in mind that a number of new iniatives are being introduced. The time to tap the voters is when the District can really offer something of substance, something that indicates the powers that be have established an improving trend. These are the issues that are currently being addressed. I look for Libka to play a major role in terms of curriculum matters. More to come.

    Watch carefully this year's budget adoption process. If I'm correct, next month or so there should be public inspection of the documents. One key question is will there be the necessity to include a deficit reduction plan. If so, we're in deep stuff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:59 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • Nothing Will Change says,
    Steven my advice to fields is beware of Welch. The new magnet school and Welch's over spending and freely giving out unnecessary jobs and contracts put Proviso in the current financial problems. Welch created high paying jobs for under qualified political allies (McDaniels McGee, Santiago and the list goes on) and his many relatives working at Proviso. Unless Fields will be an outspoken critic of Welch's over spending I don't see much of anything changing. Fields will have to cut off the snake' s head to kill the snake.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • I created a thread dedicated to Steven's suggestion. What are the top things Fields should know about Proviso?

    Please don't post under "anonymous". It gets confusing if there is more than one anon in the discussion.

    I will delete future anonymous posts in this thread.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:39 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger mundelein resident, at 3:49 PM, August 18, 2006  

  • "mundelein resident" posted the following:

    My son just graduated from Mundelein High School. I have another son who will be going there eventually and I vowed that if Stan Fields was still the superintendent, we would move out of district. I am thrilled that he is leaving. He has destroyed the morale among the faculty at that school. One of the first "reforms" he did was to get rid of all the department chairs. When this happened, many outstanding tenured teachers resigned to go to other schools. As a parent, I found it frustrating that teachers had no supervisors within their subject areas.

    He is a joke in this community. Among other things, [redacted]. The board that hired him and supported him was voted out at the last election. Our current board knows that they will not pass a referendum with Fields still at the helm. As I said, I am thrilled that he is leaving and I am at a loss to understand how he found another position. Best of luck to Proviso, your students deserve better.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:00 PM, August 18, 2006  

  • mundelein resident,

    You should notice something different about your post.

    Please call me, (773)43O-3538 to discuss the material that's missing. I want to check on it, because if true, it's relevant.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:03 PM, August 18, 2006  

  • Mundelein Resident is upset about the dumbest thing I've ever read. Mundelein High School is a one school district. It sounds like with all the Department Chairs they were top heavy. I'm sure Fields saw an area that he could trim that would help balance the budget, but it was also an area that would not hurt students. If a principal does his/her job, you don't need department chairs. I hope he does something like that at Proviso where you have too many, over paid, lazy department chairs.

    By Anonymous Observer, at 10:22 PM, August 18, 2006  

  • WOW! Observer/Welch you have let the cat out of the bag. Is that why West does not have an English chair. Welch are you saying that the dept. chairs will soon lose their jobs? The union will be on your ass quicker than you think. You actually think unorganized, irrational, psychotic, the Incredible Hulk, Wallace can run a school without dept. chairs. Hell, she can't run the school with the current dept. chairs, two assistant principals, five deans, and a patridge and a pear tree.

    Welch you have just declared war with the teachers of Proviso. They are not buying that bag of shit you are selling. Remember Proviso's faculty is mostly White. I am sure you will have a change of heart by the next board meeting. Heard the teachers are mad ass hell about this new supt. and you not giving the job to Libka.

    Hopefully, Fields will come in and fire all of your lazy ass relatives. How many do you have working now at Proviso? I heard the number is 15. What about the political jobs you gave during your failed state rep. campaign? What will happen to those jobs?
    Who do you think you are, a Stroger or maybe Gene Moore? You are just a rookie;you can't hang with the big dogs. WOOF! WOOF! BOW WOW!

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 11:25 PM, August 18, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Only the facts matter, at 9:20 AM, August 19, 2006  

  • Carl,

    Hey man, why you deleted my post! I just was saying if Mundelein resident's post is factual it's sad that D209 would overlook that and relevant to this discussion. If it's not, then people should refrain from posting such gossip.

    By Anonymous the facts matter, at 7:35 PM, August 19, 2006  

  • I can't begin to tell you how unbelievably thrilled I was to hear Stan was leaving Mundelein. One of the greatest fears here was that Mundelein families would try to contact Proviso board members, etc., to warn them of Stan's ploys, leading to a rescinding of the offer. I'm sorry Proviso, but we discouraged people from calling you to warn you.

    The morale at Mundelein High School changed DRAMATICALLY from one day to the next when we found out Stan was resigning. This was not only amongst teachers/staff, etc., but students celebrating.

    Regarding the contributions he's made, by the time our school board implemented any changes he recommended regarding graduation requirements, etc., he was many months into his position. Mundelein is a community that for many years, has been on the rise in regards to socioeconomic statistics. We have a much larger population of students whose parents graduated college and/or have post-graduate degrees. These parents have been demanding more rigorous curriculum over the years, not just since Stan has been here. Mundelein offers more AP classes than most of our neighboring affluent school districts - again something that was on the upswing prior to Stan. He just happened to come in as that upswing has continued.

    After he came to Mundelein, we did a google search and found an array of articles citing troubled times he had with the school he worked at in Tulsa, prior to coming to Illinois. When he tried to leave Tulsa, and was offered a position outside of Houston, the new school district got wind of his history at Tulsa and rescinded their offer. There is definitely a pattern, and even families from Morton will tell you the same thing. Perhaps your district does need a housecleaning... but you won't like the way he goes about it. It will be underhanded, manipulative and unprofessional. After Fields arrived at Mundelein, college education departments across Illinois began to refer to the "Brain Drain" of Mundelein High School because so many top-notch, passionate teachers were leaving.

    Our business office is in a huge mess right now, due to Nikita's inadequacy (remember, she hasn't even been there since the winter). She is definitely his puppet - it was interesting watching their non-verbal communication during school board meetings. And I hope you don't mind that your taxpayer money will be going toward increased PE staff (of his choosing - he will make any coaches he doesn't like miserable so they leave)and athletic coaches; his vision for a successful Mundelein High School community was an average ACT score of 28; and three state championship teams a year. He repeated that publicly many times. Through his curriculum changes, he eliminated elective classes geared toward the non-college bound student, which had been very popular and always full.

    I will continue to follow this blog, but will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Don't do what our school board who hired him did and extend his contract before his first year is out. And someone asked why we were so eager to let him out of his contract early... you get the point. There was a reason for that - he was not wanted here anymore for many more reasons not listed above. I am just grateful that my student's senior year will take place in an environment that's already looking up tremendously from this time two weeks ago.
    Mundelein parent

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 AM, August 25, 2006  

  • Gee, Fields was trying to improve ACT scores and build championship-caliber sports programs at Mundelein? What a jerk! Oh, and he got rid of junk food and turned around their district's finances? Sounds like a loser to me.

    Mundelein are sounding, well, so Proviso.

    Mr. Fields, beware the guardians of mediocrity.

    By Anonymous 1stAve Walker, at 1:27 AM, August 27, 2006  

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