Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's true - Manual Academy Principal, Kherat resigns

Of course the question is why?

Sources tell 1470 WMBD Dr. Kherat has accepted a job in the Springfield School District's Central office, where she will serve as a turnaround officer. This evening, WMBD31 reported that Kherat expressed her dislike of the the constant changes required by the turnaround process as one of her reasons to leave Manual.

The first day of school was apparently one of the last for the principal at Manual Academy.

Sharon Kherat submitted her letter of resignation on Monday, and it was accepted that night by the District 150 administration at its regularly scheduled board meeting.

Kherat announced her resignation to Manual staff on Monday, and the personnel move was posted on the District 150 web site Tuesday.

Kherat’s last day will be Sept . 9.

“It is definitely a great loss to Manual,” said Martha Ross, the School Board member who represents the Manual attendance area. “No one was any more talented or more committed to the success of our children.”

Kherat was named principal at Manual in March of 2008 by then-Superintendent Ken Hinton. She has led a restructuring of the school that included adding seventh and eighth grade academies. She also has raised the graduation rate and attendance rate in her three years at the South Peoria institution. Source

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Dave Haney on this? Is he on vacation? Nothing in the Journal Star.

Anonymous said...

Delinski poisoned Kherat to Lathan from day one. Just shocked she is the third and not the first hs principal taken out by Lathan.

At what point does the board admit that Lathan has no skill in managing. Oh wait, they rewarded her with 10 grand instead....

Sharon Crews said...

One hs principal (Ptacek) took himself out; the second had to leave for the district to get $6 million. Otherwise, Sharon probably would have been the first. I wish Sharon well. I know that it might not have been considered a good career move to stay at Whittier, but I wish that she had done so. She was asked to perform miracles at Manual--it didn't happen and when the government gives a school such a substantial amount of money to make it happen, the piper has to be paid. NCLB is the underlying cause of all this conflict. Education is not a field where teachers and administrators should be pitted against one another in a competitive atmosphere. It would be a cooperative effort--not a competition to see who can outdo whom. We are seeing the results of a dog-eat-dog world in District 150.

Jon said...

"Education is not a field where teachers and administrators should be pitted against one another in a competitive atmosphere."

Such irony with that statement coming from you.

I hope Emerge goes back to her original post on this topic - I was fortunate enough to have caught it before anyone had commented. There is more irony in what could have been at least part of the reason for the increased stress by Dr. Desmoulin-Kherat.

We'll donate Jenkins said...

As a parent at Northmoor I will offer up Jenkins - Manual can have her back. She's barely been there so far this school year (in fairness her mom is ill). In just a matter of minutes Monday morning, she managed to piss off lots and lots of parents, had a piss poor attitude during kindergarten welcome day with the stellar quote about kids not being on class lists "not my problem." And would someone please help the board detox from the Kool-aide they've been given. I know Lathan was brought in to make changes, which she has done, but she uses sharp knives and ill manners. And if the principal moves back in May wasn't evidence of the tactic of "fall in line or you're next," the board needs IQ examines too.

Peoria Anti-Pundit said...

Jenkins is the one the Board should flush.

Anonymous said...

If you think Jenkins is rude to parents...you should work for her!

Anonymous said...

Kherat was treated terrible by Lathan on a continual basis. Supposedly constant emails to Kherat from Lathan were really bad. Lathan has been on her since day one. I think it is a jealousy issue with Lathan. She and the entire board need to be removed before the district goes down completely.The board should not have accepted Kherat resignation until they talked with her at great length.

Anonymous said...

Lathan has treated many high-performing principals horribly. Many have left. When it happens once, I can see that maybe it's a personality conflict. MANY times = poor management style.

Anonymous said...

Name one thing the Lathan administration has done that is impacting kids positively? Its been a full year. Scores are down. Enrollment is down. Arguably a talent base has left/been removed. The District is more in debt. Mixed aged kids are waiting for the bus. The entire police of Peoria are alienated to PSD 150.

One positive thing? Not the pr....

Plain4kps said...

Lathan has and will continue to be the reason this school system of ours is broke beyond the point where no one wants to be a part of it any more. We have principles, teachers parents and students who have always had so much pride and joy in District 150 and stood by change and was all for helping to change the system for the better. Most of us lived here all our lives and talked to our siblings and parents about how we would all be a part of something we all held so dear to our hearts.
We have friends who went to different schools in 150 and we had clean fun rivalry's about how we would kick their butt or meet around one of our moms table eating snacks and talk trash.
If you take notice in all the teachers, principles and other employees who have left our schools over the span in which this "Lathan" has come, it is over whelming and astonishing that we could stand by and let one person waltz up in our town and commit so much havoc upon us and,our school system and most important our baby s educations.We all know this was a personal matter between Lathan the reason she did not want Dr. Kherat around.Great, another great, caring , hard worker kicks up dust getting the hell out of dodge.
Thank you for your time and true dedication to all of us here in Peoria and at District 150 Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat. We wish you nothing but the best.

Anonymous said...

Anon - Students have a longer instructional day. It came without "cost" to the district, but will cost taxpayers plenty through inflated pensions. Plainkps - It's "principals", but, hey - way to be edukated!!

Sharon Crews said...

Anonymous--don't write too often or we will catch you (no, we won't know you from the other Anonymouses)in grammatical errors. I taught English for 43 years and I can spot a grammar error a mile away (especially, my own after I've pressed the send button); however, I believe it is rude and unnecessary to call attention to the errors of others on blogs.

Your last comment sounded like a Jim Stowell comment, but I don't quite understand it. How can the longer day not cost the district anything but come with a heavy cost to taxpayers through pensions?

Jennifer said...

Taunya Jenkins...took another Administrative Position. She is no longer the Northmoor Principal.

Plain4kps said...

Well put Sharon. If all you got out of what was said were the incorrect spelling that's to bad. As we in the blogging world know we have the problem of sometimes getting so caught up in what we are saying and believe in that our words kind of get twisted and broke down. Yes, I was aware of the error I made and yet continued on with my remark knowing that so many intelligent people as yourself would pick up on it and understand what I was saying. While I do know my proper grammar and dotting of the i's, I did not see it fit to have to break it down so precise to such a intelligent bunch of people who I suspect know what I was saying, to whom and in which manner.
Sorry if I insulted your intelligence. LOL

Anonymous said...

Sue Malahy is at Northmoor as of Monday, Taunya Jenkins is headed back to Manual...

We'll donate Jenkins... said...

Thank you Emerge for your blog. Obviously Lathan read my comment and moved Jenkins back to Manual. Sorry Manual families, maybe she's better with the big kids.Now if only someone would take my suggestion and buy detox kits for the board.

lol

Anonymous said...

Kherat isn't being allowed to serve out her three weeks, Lathan is making her leave this Friday. Lathan needs to go, she must feel threatened by the fact that Kherat is well liked.

Anonymous said...

I feel very sorry for the Manual staff. Jenkins is the QUEEN of retaliation. If she "thinks" you were GLAD she left Manual last spring....she will make your life a living hell. Hope Lathan gives those teachers the opportunity to get out of there before she tells her assistant principals what kind of evaluation to give these teachers.....queen of retaliation. She should have been fired by Hinton 5 years ago, but NO, he gave her a RAISE and sent her to Manual as her BEST FRIEND'S assistant principal. What a joke. Hinton wasn't capable of running a school district in a one-horse town, let alone Peoria. Now, it looks like Lathan is doing the same. God, give us all strength.

Sharon Crews said...

I doubt that Lathan anticipated this particular beginning of the school year. It is time for the board to question what is going on.

Anonymous said...

Keeping track of what is going on in 150 is like riding a roller coaster. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Who will be where and who will be O-U-T.....

Anonymous said...

Finally some true reporting at pjstar. If Haney is on vacation, he should stay there.

Never mind the buses are running late. The next story is putting mixed age groups on the bus.

Peoria kids deserve better. They deserve a safe environment with supported and supportive staff.

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workplace_bullying

It will not get any better unless the board steps up. The bonus money should have gone toward a mentor- that would report straight back to the board.

Anonymous said...

It's 2:15 and there haven't been any changes in Dist 150? Lathan must be home with a fever.

mazr said...

Just heard from a Northmoor Edison student that if you forget your "planner" you are not allowed to get a drink or go to the bathroom for the rest of the day.

Nice.

Sharon Crews said...

A really stupid (more than stupid)rule for primary students! We had that rule at Manual when planners were their hall passes--didn't work at all.

Actually, I'd like to know why primary students are obligated to pay $5 for these planners. I am looking at one right now--and don't think parents should be asked to fork over another $5 for planners after paying for all the school supplies (plus cleaning supplies for teachers).

What company is making the profit for the planners?

Anonymous said...

There is no way that is true unless Northmoor wants urine all over the building. I know people who teach there and they are a fine oiled machine. Any principal that is lucky enough to be placed there should just sit back and let the machine do its job.

Sharon Crews said...

Maybe it can unglued with new leadership. :)

JC Friberg said...

Sharon, I wasn't crazy about the planners last year either when my son was in 4th grade, but with the expectation they use it them middle school (and boy am I surprised at just how independent a 10 year old 5th grader is supposed to be!), I'm happy he got to get used to the process in 4th grade with one teacher who would help students get themselves organized.

BTW, my kids have been at Northmoor for 5 years. Have NEVER heard of penalties for not having a planner. The worst they got was a small mark down in their homework grade for the week, which I view as reasonable. Also, the 4th graders are on the 2nd floor at the school which is about 90+ degrees right now. They are taking water breaks all day long. I know...I saw them yesterday! :)

Sharon Crews said...

J.C., I actually agree about the planners. I do think $5 is hefty for struggling families, etc. However, I am a big proponent of anything that helps kids to organize their homework, their lives, etc. In fact, the 8-year-old who just received his planner didn't understand its purpose until I explained it to him. He's a bit of an organizer, too, so I think he may benefit from it.

Thanks for the clarification--it would be very unwise not to allow primary kids to go to the restroom. That is one of the horror stories I remember from my own primary school years. I had a teacher who wouldn't let us go to the restroom and/or I was afraid to ask. Kids today have no idea how intimidating teachers in the "old" days could be.

teachingrocks said...

I am pretty confident that Sue Malahy will come into Northmoor and do a fine job. She is a skilled, intelligent, approachable woman who soar in her own school.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for being to quick to criticize. Maybe planners (intro to goal setting?) are a good idea system wide?