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Hire assistant superintendent for teaching, learning
Veteran educator 'well regarded' across the state, board told

by Lyle R. Rolfe


The Oswego School District Board voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Dr. Judith Minor of Warrenville as the district's assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

Minor, an experienced classroom teacher and administrator, will also serve on the superintendent's executive leadership team.

She fills a vacancy created last June by the retirement of Dr. Marsha Hollis.

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt said Minor was one of more than 40 applicants for the position.

"I was very pleased with the quality and interest in our district. It was difficult to knock it down to 12 applicants," he said.

Wendt said the four finalists, all women, were interviewed by himself, parents, faculty, staff members, school board members and administrators.

"We're very fortunate to have quality people interested in serving in this very important--if not the most important--department in the district," he said.

"I appreciate the board accepting my recommendation. Judy is well regarded across the state," he added.

He said she has all the required certificates as an administrator as well as for teaching gifted and talented education.

Wendt said Minor has also worked as a substitute teacher and said he's always impressed when someone has served as a substitute.

"I appreciate having the opportunity to recommend an exceptional leader for this very important position," he told board members.

Minor will start work on July 1 and was given a two-year contract.

According to a district press release, Minor will immediately become involved in restructuring the Department of Teaching and Learning, including hiring key personnel to oversee and lead efforts in gifted/talented education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), English Language Learners and other specialized programming, special education, instructional technology, professional development, assessments, and curriculum review with emphasis on the Common Core.

Board President Bill Walsh said, "Dr. Minor's philosophy that all students have the right and access to the highest educational experience possible so they are prepared to contribute to the global society along with the belief that partnering with the BOE, staff, parents, higher educational facilities and the community will greatly benefit our students and staff."

Minor comes to Oswego from Community High School District 99, which serves 5,196 students in Bolingbrook, Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Oak Brook, Westmont and Woodridge.

As assistant superintendent for student learning and support services, Minor was responsible for curriculum, program development, assessment, academic supports and interventions, non-special education grant programs, English Language Learners (ELL) services, state reporting, textbook adoption, and other related areas.

Before joining District 99 in July of 2011, Minor served as director of staff support services for Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights for four years.

For two years prior, she was director of curriculum at West Chicago High School District 94, where she also served as a classroom English teacher for ten years.

She has also worked as a journalist, serving as an associate editor and managing editor with different publications. She also worked for the Department of Defense as a teacher in Germany.

One of her accomplishments was writing District 214's application to the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence in 2009 and 2010. The district received the Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence in 2010.

Minor received her bachelor's degree from McKendree College, her master's degree from National-Louis University and her doctorate from Loyola University.

She was also a member of the Trinity/Oxford Program at Oxford University, England

She is married to a retired U.S. Air Force officer and resides in Warrenville. Her three adult children all served in the U.S. Air Force as well.

She was not at the meeting Monday night because she was attending a board meeting at her present district.

The board has set Minor's annual salary for at $149,006, including TRS (Teacher Retirement System) contributions.

She will receive 25 days of vacation each year and she can be paid for up to 10 unused days each year. She will have up to 14 sick days each year, two of which can be used as personal leave days. She can accumulate sick leave up to a maximum of 340 days.

The district will pay 80 percent of her health insurance and she will receive $250 per month for mileage expenses.

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