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Countryside Elementary Principal on Paid Leave of Absence

Kimberly Foster-Thomas, principal of Countryside Elementary, is on paid leave, reported District 220 Supt. Tom Leonard. The district has not explained the circumstances due to the "sensitive and confidential" nature of the situation.

Countryside Elementary School Principal Kimberly Foster-Thomas is on paid leave. Credit: District 220
Countryside Elementary School Principal Kimberly Foster-Thomas is on paid leave. Credit: District 220
District 220 Supt. Dr. Tom Leonard announced Friday that Countryside Elementary Principal Kimberly Foster-Thomas was taking a paid leave of absence "so she and the school district can attend to a personnel matter."

Leonard's memo reads as follows:

Because the nature of her leave is sensitive and confidential, I cannot share additional details about Mrs. Foster-Thomas’ absence from school.

Understandably, the lack of information may increase your curiosity, but please avoid making hasty and unnecessary assumptions. Although not as informed as you may prefer, we know some awareness and acknowledgment of this unanticipated circumstance is expected. We hope to deliver more details and clarity as soon as the matter is resolved.

Given the busy activities of next week before winter vacation, administrators from the school district’s central office and other departments will provide rotating assistance at Countryside during Mrs. Foster-Thomas’ absence.

We are confident staff, parents and Barrington 220 administrators will all work together to ensure uninterrupted support for students until this leave concludes. 
Mel December 27, 2013 at 08:47 AM
It's people like you that will always keep racism alive!! You disgust me!!!
Kelly January 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Thank you for deleting the awful comment that the ignorant women posted in December. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about Mrs. Foster-Thomas.

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