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SD 161 Superintendent Abruptly Retires

Summit Hill Superintendent Keith Pain submitted a retirement letter to the school board Wednesday, May 25, amid recent public criticism.

Summit Hill School District 161 Superintendent Keith Pain submitted a retirement letter to district the board of education Wednesday, May 25.

"I wish you the very best in the future of the school district and will do the very best I can to facilitate a transition to a successful new school year," Pain wrote in a letter read aloud by board secretary Denise Lenz.

Pain has been superintendent since 2004 and did not give a reason for his departure. He did not attend Wednesday's meeting. 

The letter was read with a smattering of applause and a “whoo hoo” from the audience.

 Board President Mary Kenny called the move surprising, though she noted community members had expressed mounting criticism of the. The contract was decided by a controversial 4-3 vote, the day after

During the May 11 meeting, Kenny said public comments were "very hostile" toward the superintendent, with six residents who spoke about issues ranging from the contract to communication issues.

"(Pain) hinted it at the last meeting but you never know it's never a done deal until you get the letter," Kenny said. "It was very, very unexpected."

Board member Sean William Doyle said he thinks the retirement is “premature.”

 "I do think he's done a fine job in this district since he was hired back in '04," Doyle said, adding Pain was able to purchase land to build .

Pain's last day is June 30.

"The last seven years at this school district have been professionally rewarding," he wrote, "and I believe much has been accomplished."

Just a Resident May 28, 2011 at 02:50 AM
SWBurbs knows an awful lot.........my guess would be that if this person is not a board member, then most definitely a spouse. Just a guess though.. And definitely holdes grudges against former board members which makes me believe this person is pretty close. THANK GOD for Stacy and George.......maybe, just MAYBE the board will start to work in the best interest of the children and the needs of teachers and spend my tax dolllars wisely.
jd May 28, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Just a resident Swburbs doesn't know much he just likes to spread lies about the new board and is so hung up on this union thing he is so angry, I believe that maybe if he would attend church he could be a better person. Tomorrow is the Lords day I hope he considers this avenue
Bob D May 28, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Let us remember that it does take a village to raise a child, we need to put aside our differences and work together to do just that. Your children need your guidance more than this man needs more thrashing, what a horrible way to have your career end! WWJCD
Just a Resident May 28, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Mr. SWburbs, you have spent a whole lot of time on this thread mud slinging, name calling, accusing a union president of sleeping with a board memener, etc. The topic of conversation I believe was suppose to be about our "soon to be former Superintendent". You seem to "know it all" and everything that is going on in the district, so please enlighen us!!!! Enquiring minds want to know. Or is this your way of taking the conversatin away from the real issues?? I do not wear "blinders" as you have accused some people of wearing. I am awake and "pay attention" as you have accused some people of not doing. I am fully aware of what is going on in our district and I'm fully aware that someone who just received a raise and a contract extention doesn't just "retire" without cause. As for the union president sleeping with a board member, unless you were there cuddling with them, its all gossip and hearsay and has nothing to do with our "retiring" superintendent. These "Union" teachers that you have an issue with, they teach my children every single day and give it all they have. Hopefully our new superintendent will actually care what our teachers needs and concerns are and it will make our district stronger. For every teacher that is a "bad apple", there are dozens that are GREAT. Being union or non union won't change that.
Denise A. Lenz May 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM
First off Thank You JD! Wildeveld and Lenz only have the name Denise in common. I Denise A. Lenz has lived in Frankfort for 16 years. I actively been involved in this community by coaching Softball, soccer and basketball. With the help of the Frankfort area Jaycees, Frankfort Lions club and yes even Keith Pain and District 161 I have been able to raise over a quarter of a million dollars within the last 10 years for children and families of this community, by providing School Supplies, holiday baskets, monetary donations for people with cancer and my most passionate cause Children with Diabetes. I am and will always be a advocate for the children of our community. Do I have friends that work in this district YES! If it was not for some of these friends I would not be able to serve as many children. I am one on the school board but we are seven that make the decisions. I will continue to pray that we as seven can move forward and continue to keep the children first!! As for all the negativity on some of the post, please be respectful of all that will come. MLK once said "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

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