Suburban superintendent on paid leave after sexual harassment complaints, sources say

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- A special school board meeting was held in Des Plaines Wednesday night to discuss the future of District 62’s superintendent who has been absent from school since last month.

Sources within District 62 said Superintendent Floyd Williams is being accused of multiple incidents of sexual harassment against female staff members. However, Des Plaines police said there have been no criminal complaints filed with their department.

Williams has been on paid leave since October 31 but he hasn’t been seen in the district offices since October 17.

WGN was told that district employees have a huge problem with the way their board has been handling the situation by allegedly working to shut down their complaints and continuing to meet behind closed doors while failing to take any definitive action.

They pointed out this is the board's second meeting in closed session.

After Wednesday's closed session meeting, it was decided that Williams will remain on paid administrative leave at his full salary of $198,000 per year plus benefits.

After the meeting, school board president Stephanie Duckmann and her staff ran from WGN's cameras and hid in an office to avoid answering questions about the situation.

All this comes just 16 months after he took the job from a district in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There are questions about his departure from that district as well. But officials there haven't commented either, citing an agreement signed with Williams.