What: The Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 Board of Education will hold a special meeting to listen to parents and other community members who wish to express their views regarding the Board’s decision to terminate Principal Ryan M. Pitcock with one year remaining on his contract. All members of the community are invited to attend.
When/Where: Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the H-F High School Mall Auditorium
Why: Inquiries into the District Office and on social media and to individual Board members have indicated that parents and other community members would like to share their views and opinions regarding the Board’s decision. The best venue to hear community concerns and answer questions that would not violate the confidential nature of individual personnel decisions, is a community meeting. For more information, contact: Jodi Bryant, Director of Human Resources and Public Relations, H-F High School, firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-335-5550.
Members of the community will have an opportunity to address the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Mansfield. Community members will be asked to limit their individual remarks to 3 minutes each, or less, to allow everyone an opportunity to speak. There will be a sign-up sheet upon entering the auditorium for those that wish to speak.
The meeting will be structured as follows:
o Opening remarks from the H-F Board of Education (10 minutes)
o Community member remarks (2 hours)
o Closing remarks from H-F Board of Education
Out of respect for Dr. Pitcock and pursuant to employee confidentiality laws, the Board is unable to disclose, and will not disclose, specific information regarding its decision to terminate Dr. Pitcock’s contract or the Boards decision making process. The decision was not based upon a single incident and was completely unrelated to the recent H-F Student Talent Show, in which the Board and Dr. Mansfield were completely supportive of Dr. Pitcock’s actions.
In the coming weeks, the Board will begin the process of selecting an interim principal to ensure a smooth administrative transition. In the fall, the board will begin a national, regional and local search for a new principal, at which time it will solicit the participation of students, staff, parents and community members to assist in the selection process. The process will culminate in a recommendation to the Board of Education. The anticipated start date for the new principal will be next year, July 1, 2017.