Former board president calls for superintendent's removal

I am a former board member (and president) of school District 86. I recently posted a petition on, which gathered over 800 signatures in a few days. It calls for the removal of Superintendent Prentiss because of board policies I believe she has failed to uphold and because she has broken the trust of our community.

By contract, Superintendent Prentiss must abide by policies approved by the elected members of the BOE; however, she has failed to uphold this obligation.

Policy 3:40 states: Administration/Superintendent /Qualifications: “The superintendent must be of good character and of unquestionable morals and integrity. The superintendent shall have the experience and the skills necessary to work effectively with the board, district employees, students and the community.”

Superintendent Prentiss recently demonstrated her lack of integrity and effectiveness. She revised an email from a consultant (withdrawing a DE&I training proposal) and then unnecessarily sensationalized the altered email without disclosing her own embellishments, a blatant exaggeration and misrepresentation.

The added language labeled the district “dangerous” and “shameful.” Prentiss also released a statement to the media calling audience members “abhorrent and inexcusable.” Is that the posture of a leader who wants to bring our community together?

A school board’s primary responsibility is to hold the superintendent accountable. If this board does not, Prentiss will continue to exhibit her contempt for the D86 community and label anyone who disagrees with her decisions as “abhorrent and inexcusable”.

Prentiss’ word and her judgment can longer be trusted. If you agree, please sign the petition. — Kay Gallo, Clarendon Hills, District 86 Board President 2015-17, member 2009-17