Mark Fredisdorf, who has been at the helm of Pleasantdale School District 107 for more than a decade, will retire after the next school year.
The School Board approved a retirement agreement with Fredisdorf May 20 after a closed session at the end of a contentious four-hour meeting. Fredisdorf has been chided by some board members for several months for not following their directives.
“We were mutually agreeable,” Fredisdorf said of the retirement agreement with the board. “There is no acrimony. It is a good thing for the district and it is a good thing for me.”
The retirement agreement did not get unanimous support however, as the vote went 4-2. Board members Kim Barker and Kristin Violante voted against the agreement. Gina Scaletta-Nelson was not present for the May 21 closed session vote on the agreement, although she had been at the board meeting up until the closed-session talks took place.
While board members are restricted from speaking about the retirement agreement as part of the deal, Barker did say when the vote was taken, “No, I do not approve the length of the term.” That would seem to indicate that both Barker and Violante favored ending the embattled Fredisdorf’s tenure with the district sooner than the end of next school year.
Fredisdorf’s contract runs through the 2015-16 school year. He will not be paid for the final year of that contract, but the district will make a $17,000 payment on Fredisdorf’s behalf to the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System Early Retirement Option.
“We both willingly entered into this agreement,” Fredisdorf said. “I appreciate the board and I will work with them. The timing is good. It gives the board time to do a really thorough search, to look for an excellent leader.”
Fredisdorf, who has been with the district for 12 years, said it is too soon to say what he will do after retiring from Pleasantdale.
“I am leaving all my options open,” he said. “It is a great opportunity for me.”
Fredisdorf said the contention that sometimes occurs at board meetings is triggered by everyone present wanting the best for the children in the district.
“At the end of next year, I will have had 13 wonderful years with the district,” Fredisdorf said. “I am looking forward to one more wonderful year ahead.”Tags: Mark Fredisdorf, Pleasantdale District 107