D97 supt. doesn't get Madison top job

Carol Kelley had been in running for top spot at Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

District 97 Supt. Carol Kelley is staying put, at least for now. Kelley was one of two finalists in the running to helm the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, but officials in that district announced Friday that they had selected a former employee, Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, instead, according to a report by WMTV, a local NBC affiliate in Wisconsin.

Last month, the Capital Times, a Wisconsin online news site, reported that Kelley had been one of 33 candidates who applied for the superintendent position some two-and-a-half months after another candidate from Texas declined to accept the position after deciding "to remain in his district to help deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic," the digital publication noted.

Kelley, who was hired as D200's superintendent in 2015, came to Oak Park public schools after serving as a superintendent in New Jersey for three years.

At the time, the district's communications director, Amanda Siegfried, said the district was aware that Kelley was a finalist for the Wisconsin position, but that the "administration and planning team remain focused on the important work ahead as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year in Oak Park."

Email: michael@oakpark.com

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and RiverForest.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

3 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Deborah Wess  

Posted: July 11th, 2020 11:14 AM

Jo Borras, I am genuinely curious. What do you so dislike about Dr. Kelley?

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: July 11th, 2020 7:38 AM

If nothing else, we learned that she has one foot out the door. Hopefully this will encourage our current school board to hold the line on any salary increases.

Jo Borras  

Posted: July 10th, 2020 9:32 PM

It looks like the Madison Metropolitan School District dodged a bullet. When do we get to vote her out?

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad