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East St. Louis school board ousts controversial superintendent

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Nearly a month after the Illinois State Board of Education took over East St. Louis' public schools, the district board rescinded the contract renewal of the district superintendent for next school year and placed her on paid administrative leave.

In addition to voting Wednesday to remove Theresa Saunders as District 189 superintendent, the board gave the State Board of Education control of its finances, personnel and education decisions. Board members refused to comment on their decision. Chief Financial Officer Leroy Triefenbach was named interim superintendent.

State Board of Education spokesman Matthew Vanover said the East St. Louis board's decision on Saunders, who has held the post since October 2005, was theirs alone.

In deciding to take over the city's schools, state board officials said students weren't being properly educated.

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