City Hall insiders say she should be fired, but controversial official has found a home at CPS. 'Who is Adriennce Hiegel?' query should be: What is the Office of Performance Managment and who is Sara Kremsner!

Earlier today, District (which some of us no longer frequent because it's operating over in the land of the Chicago Scabune) asked 'Who is Adrienne Hiegel?' and why is she still hanging around with Ron Huberman and the Huberteam.

Two things. Adrienne Heigel is now being paid $127,000 per year to work in the Chicago Public Schools.

And Adrienne Hiegel is one of the people at the head of the thing called the "Office of Performance Managment." The new "Office of Performance Management" at the Chicago Public Schools was established by Ron Huberman when he took over as CEO in February 2009 and put under the direction of Huberman's crony from the Chicago Transit Authority, Sara Kremsner (above). As "Chief Officer, Office of Performance Management," Kremsner is being paid $150,000 per year. She quickly hired controversial City Hall bureaucrat Adrienne Heigel at a salary of $127,000 per year (on March 23, 2009, although there is no Board Report). Kremsner's "Office of Performance Management" was given a budget of nearly $5 million in the Budget for 2009 - 2010 despite claims by Ron Huberman that he had "cut" central office costs. The appointment of Hiegel to what appears to be the Number Two position in Kremsner's office has come as a surprise to many at CPS. Kremsner was absent from the September 23, 2009 Board of Education meeting. The photo above was taken during the August 26, 2009 Board meeting. CPS Communications Chief Monique Bond refuses to allow Substance to interview Ron Huberman about his budget, including the establishment of the new central office "Office of Performance Management" and the hiring of Kremsner and Hiegel. Substance caption and photo by George N. Schmidt.Here are the data from the Board's current Position File: Hiegel, Adrienne, Position Number: 327175, Unit 16050 (Office of Performance Management). Job Title: "Senior Professional". Date of hire: March 23, 2009. Annual salary: $127,420.00. I just checked the Board Reports for the Board meeting of March 25, 2009, and I don't see a Board Report from Ron Huberman hiring her. However, she is now at CPS and being paid at that salary level. Someone else can check to see if Huberman ever put through a Board Report to hire her.

The "Office of Performance Management" is that strange entity that Ron Huberman set up to host those Friday morning sessions with Power Point and spreadsheets for tormenting senior managers. (A rendition of the activity was provided to the public in Season Three of "The Wire" with the Baltimore Police COMSTAT meetings at which the deputy for operations humiliated district commanders and other officers using "data driven management" techniques).

Most of the people working in the newly established "Office of Performance Management" have no educational or teaching credentials or experience. They are Huberman's cronies, led by a woman named Sarah Kremsner, who came over from Chicago Transit Authority (where she was legendary).

Kremsner is being paid around $150,000 per year, appointed by Huberman two months before Huberman hired Hiegel.

According to the Board's Position File, Kremsner is now one of the 50 highest paid people in public education in Chicago. The Position File state: Kremsner, Sarah, Position Number: 326424; Unit, 16050 (Office of Performance Management); Title: Chief Performance Officer; Date of Hire: January 30, 2009; Annual Salary: $149,874.00.

The Office of Performance Management is budgeted for the 2009 -2010 school year at just under $5 million, a completely new entity. There was not one word of discussion at any public meeting of the Board over the establishment of this office, and the Board members voted to approve the budget proposed by Huberman at the August 26 meeting without even mentioning that Huberman was claiming to reduce "central bureaucracy" while adding this office (and others) at top salaries to people who would not be allowed to work in any other school district in Illinois.

Sources at CPS also tell Substance that Huberman is refusing to comply with a Board policy to put on record the resumes of all executive hires. As we've already reported at Substance, Huberman is also refusing to provide the Agenda of Action following the Board meetings and votes. Every month, the delays the Action Agenda by at least a week while he apparently mulls over the Board Reports. Thing is, the Board Reports have already been voted on by the Board, so there is nothing more to mull. 


October 6, 2009 at 11:25 AM

By: Jim Vail

Who is She?

'Who is Adrienne Hiegel?' Why was she controversial and why do CPS insiders say she should be fired? We need CTA people to comment on Substance stories documenting the endless clout and corruption in Chicago, within the Board of Education.

October 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM

By: Concerned

Mutt and Jeff

they are a team of corruption.

Hiegel and Huberman

October 6, 2009 at 7:35 PM

By: Transparency

Get Them All Out

The Peter Principle states that everyone rises to the level of their incompetence. Unfortunately, the taxpayers then foot the bill.

I begin to smell a rat", Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, book iv. chap. x.

October 9, 2009 at 6:50 PM

By: Jen

New PR job at CPS!!!!!

This was posted on October 7. Why do we need another six-figure PR person when teachers are getting fired, programs are being cut and CPS has kids getting killed in the streets outside of schools?

Strategic Communications Officer POSTED: Oct 07

Salary: Open Location: Chicago, Illinois

Employer: Chicago Public Schools Type: Full Time - Experienced

Category: Executive management Required Education: Masters

Employer Information

About Chicago Public Schools

The Chicago Public School System is the third largest School District in the United States, and is comprised of more than 650 schools, 440,000 students and 40,000 employees, with a budget of more than $6 billion. CPS’ mission is to ensure that every child is on track to graduate and prepared for success in college, work, and life.

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Job Description

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Strategic Communications Officer is responsible for supporting Chicago Public Schools’ mission and strategic direction by: establishing policies, procedures, and practices for strategic internal and external communications management; developing and implementing a comprehensive communications plan that combines qualitative and quantitative research, public relations, marketing, and other elements to further Chicago Public School’s educational mission. The Strategic Communications Officer provides strategic leadership to Chicago Public Schools’ leadership in the areas of communications, marketing, crisis management, and outreach.

The Strategic Communications Officer acts as a key member of the leadership team and directs all aspects of Central Office external and internal strategic communications efforts. These include stewardship of the organization’s brand, marketing and promotion, printed and digital communications, and development of messages that increase awareness and enhance the reputation of Chicago Public Schools’ programs and initiatives. This individual will work closely with the Chief Human Resources Officer on internal communications to all internal district constituencies.

The Strategic Communications Officer will provide strategic leadership and support to all District leadership. S/he will work with senior leadership to set policy on communication matters and to develop a comprehensive, integrated communication plan for Chicago Public Schools. Design, develop, and implement strategies that enhance the Chicago Public Schools’ visibility and stature by promoting its education and service missions; its unique areas of expertise; and its contributions to Chicago and to the students. Develop and improve techniques to improve external constituencies’ awareness and understanding of key initiatives, policies, and procedures. Work with Chicago Public Schools leaders, including the Chief Human Resources Officer, to develop and expand internal, two-way communications with employees regarding key initiatives, policies, etc.

The Strategic Communications Officer will serve as steward of Chicago Public Schools’ communications platform. S/he will create, maintain, and execute on a communications calendar that incorporates key initiatives, programs, and milestones. Provide visionary leadership for online communications, interactive media, and social networking tools, establishing priorities, developing policies, and identifying emerging opportunities. Develop partnerships related to market research and other communication development and assessment tools. Develop and manage the Chicago Public Schools’ strategic communications budget. Guide development of strategic, coordinated, and cost-effective publications, both print and electronic, that convey the Chicago Public Schools’ message and mission to key audiences. Work with the Office of Performance to design, implement, and report on quantitative measures of effectiveness related to key accountabilities and performance, such as the Chicago Public Schools’ image and reputation.


Additional Salary Information: The CPS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical and dental insurance, and pension. Salary is commensurate with the years of experience.


A Master’s degree in marketing, public relations, communications, business administration, or journalism, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Five to seven years of senior level communications experience working in an integrated marketing and communications setting; proven experience developing, designing and implementing marketing and communications strategies and programs; proven experience developing, designing, and implementing internal communications strategies that facilitate effective two-way communications with front line staff. Demonstrated experience in designing and/or specifying market research to serve as a tool in strategic communications; proven understanding of emerging communications technologies and channels, as well as a vision for using them strategically to reach key stakeholder audiences and student populations. Knowledge of urban education issues in the public sector, including relations with state and federal governments, alumni, and other important external and internal constituencies and audiences preferred. S/he should have a record of leading multi-disciplinary teams to achieve communications goals and objectives, and a strong record demonstrating a high degree of judgment, integrity, diplomacy, and confidentiality. Demonstrated exemplary oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment.

Chicago residency is required within 6 months of accepting an offer of employment with the Chicago Public Schools.

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Please include Communications Officer and your name in the Subject Line. Application deadline: November 6, 2009. No phone calls please.

It is the policy of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sex or sexual orientation. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education of Amendments of 1972 and the regulations promulgated thereunder concerning sex discrimination and/or inquiries regarding disability accommodations should be referred to the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office Manager, Chicago Public Schools, 125 South Clark, Chicago, IL 773-553-2688 (TTY-773-553-2699).

October 9, 2009 at 11:09 PM

By: Kugler

Cover Up More Lies

Why do we need another six-figure PR person when teachers are getting fired, programs are being cut and CPS has kids getting killed in the streets outside of schools?

easy answer.

to make more lies!

the crap is hitting the fans and huberman is lost so he needs a spin machine to make believe everything is getting better even when the ship is sinking.

huberman why not come out to a school where the students have not had a teacher since the first day of school and teach full day of classes. See what happens.

Oh I forgot you can not legally teach in Illinois or any state in the union for that matter.

October 12, 2009 at 5:42 PM

By: teacher


This is really only the tip of the iceberg. If people only knew what Huberman and his gang are up to....

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