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D159 Superintendent: Resignation Is 'Bittersweet'

Mokena School District Superintendent Steve Stein, on the job for just over a year and a half, submitted his letter of resignation Nov. 20, effective June 30, 2013. He will move on to become superintendent of Peotone Community School District 207U.

Mokena School District 159 Superintendent Steve Stein will leave the district in June 2013, after less than two years on the job.

Stein announced his resignation Tuesday, Nov. 20, in a letter addressed to Patrick Markham and the rest of the D159 Board of Education. But the board had also been notified previously. 

“It will probably be a blast for the community members who aren't as directly connected with the school," Stein said.

Stein was named interim Superintendent in August 2011 after the reassignment of former Superintendent Karen Perry.

"It's been very humbling, a lot of people saying many many kind things about me and my time here. Anything like this is very, very bitter sweet," Stein said. "I have a very good working relationship with the board of education, with the teachers union, with the teachers, with the parents and the community."

In the letter, Stein said that he is leaving Mokena 159 to become superintendent of the Peotone Community School District 207U. 

“District 159 has provided me with many proud professional moments, and I am most proud of having the privilege to serve as superintendent since August 2011,” the letter reads. 

Stein commended all of the faculty, staff and administration in the district for their tireless work for the students and said that he is sure that the district has, “come through its most difficult times and that great possibilities are ahead.”

Stein's resignation is effective June 30, 2013.

"The move is right for me at this time, both professionally and personally," he said.

Stein said that he was open to helping the board of education search for his replacement, although he was unsure if the board would ask him to help with the process.

“The board is really responsible. I will be happy to work with the board in any capacity that they ask of me,” he said. “If they want me to be a part of that process, I will gladly do that for them. If they do not want me to be part of that process, I can completely not be. It's really up to them.”

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Johnny on the spot November 20, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Steve you have made our community proud with the way you handle business and the day to day operations of our school district you will be missed very much ,the kids respected you very much best wishes and thank you for your tireless service to our great communtiy
john bruno November 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
The School District needs to get a new Super Search Committee...silly to have a Super for a bit longer than a year before he resigns. If they can do so without penalty, I would let him go before Thanksgiving and see how he likes it.
R.W.Voter November 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Now that John Troy has proposed to up the taxes about 5%, maybe he feels that he should now take the Superintendents job. I feel that it is all going down the drain out here. Summit Hill closed a school building and have rejected the levy that was proposed there. We accepted ours with open arms. We apparently haven't gotten the message. Thank you
R.W.Voter November 21, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I think that it was Steve Stein who said that it would cost more to close MIS than keep it open. $400,000.00 was the amount. So I never believed him, and still feel that this building and it's staff should go , so now would be a real nice time to get rid of it. Maybe we could save tax money and wouldn't have to raise taxes at all, or doesn't anybody care about the taxpayer who pays for all of this stuff. Thank you.
REAGANRAISEDTAXES November 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
How shocking that a school board run by one Mr. Markham is turning into a three ring circus. Never seen this one coming, huh residents?
Johnny on the spot November 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM
RW VOTER LOOK AT THE LAST TEN YEARS OF YOUR TAX BILLS THEY GO UP REGARDLESS BECAUSE OF THE LEVY OR VALUATION OF YOUR PROPERTY !!!!!!!!!!!WE WOULD STILL BE TAXED ON IT IF THE ANY GOVERMENT AGENCY BOUGHT IT TO USE!!!! BE A NICE CENTRAL LOCATION FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THOUGH !!!!!!!!!!
Johnny on the spot November 21, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Mokena voter did you miss the other three ring circus called the Perry circus over the last few years ,you know the one where Mikey Rolinitis was the ringleader misguiding the public in all his information if anyone needs to go he does he is the one who lied about all the bullying at the junior high !!!!Mr .Markham circus is way better as he please's the masses and speaks the truth to your face !!!!!! I but ticket to that circus anyday
R.W.Voter November 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Why do we need to raise taxes when the school population has dropped, It ain't going up for at least 10 years that I can see, why should we pay more for less. Thank you
Mike November 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Stein is like any professional, he is just looking for the next level. Nothing wrong with that and nothing wrong with the SB when the supt decides to leave. Don't be bashing Markum on this. He and the other newer members on the Board have stabilized things and have made great inroads on bringing back the SB as the true boss of the district. We aren't out of the woods yet, but under the Board's leadership we are getting there. Again, best wishes to Stein. No one is irreplaceable. One last thing, go outside for the new supt.
R.W.Voter November 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Many of the new members of the board were elected for a couple of reasons. One of the big ones was the people wanted MIS closed, period. The second they wanted a reduction in spending which has worked some what, but now they are talking about reducing the fees for the activities. I didn't scream about that, but now our new business manager wants an almost 5% (max) increase in the taxes for next year. This is a slap in the face to all the taxpayers who are just getting by, expecially those on fixed incomes, we supported Mike Ford and Pat Markham and we think this is excessive spending. The student population is dropping and the costs are rising. Wait till the Illinois General Assembly dumps the pensions on the district, how much are they going to demand then. Thank you. Now that Stein is leaving, do you think we can close that school.
Mike November 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Closing MIS is a great idea and its time is here. 5-8 for the jr hi and K-4 for MES. A great savings, use the money for reduction of class size, reduction of fees, free transportation and full time Kdgn. Looking down the road pay penalty for not offering staff medical ($600,000 -about $200,000 for penalty, save dist $400,000). Have a new salary that will lower salaries for new teachers and discontinue old schedule after the present contract is over and freeze all salaries from that schedule and give those teachers a cpi increase for remainder of their employment. It will be a win win for everyone including the taxpayers. Jobs will be saved and new teachers will be happy to be here.
R.W.Voter November 21, 2012 at 07:46 PM
All the money that goes for teachers and administrators in this little village and has anybody noticed that the schools are now out all week for Thanksgiving, Used to be a Thursday Friday thing, now it is another week of vacation for our poor overworked school employees, more tax money, give us a break. Thank you.
R.W.Voter November 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Yes, I know that, but when the people you supported are putting in the figures it is kinda depressing isn't it. The homes here are not worth what we paid for them and you can't sell them because nobody wants to buy them. We are stuck here and the taxes go up and we get spit.
Conserned Mokena resident November 26, 2012 at 04:21 AM
The student and teachers are in school the same number of days. Just because they are off Thanksgiving week means they are in school other days... maybe you need to stop looking at a snap shot and look at the big picture
Conserned Mokena resident November 26, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Too bad you can only comment when no one knows who you are. If you have something to say maybe you should go to a board meeting and state your case there. Making these types of comments when no one knows who you are shows the type of person you are.
Lonny November 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM
And also RW, the time off provides a chance for children to be with their families. Family first! You're against families too?

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