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Peoria school board renews administrator contracts without taking up residency requirements

Mike Rundle

The Peoria Public Schools board of education has renewed contracts for several top administrators - without considering a residency requirement as previously suggested.

The district's policy committee hasn't yet met to discuss a change requiring administrators to live within the boundaries of the Peoria school district.

School board member Dr. Anni Reinking questioned why the vote was coming up before the district's policy committee had met to discuss a residency requirement for administrators.

"We voted last meeting to wait for the policy to come forth before we voted on an administrative contract," Reinking said.

But board member Paris McConnell argued the current contract renewal vote wasn't pending on that policy change.

"And so some kind of way, you guys have merged it, but it never should have been," she said. "Policy's one thing, and this contract is something separate."

Superintendent Dr. Sharon Kherat previously said a residency requirement for administrators would "hamper" the district in the future.

The new three-year contracts don't take effect until July.

Reinking and member Chase Klaus voted no on the contract renewals.

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