Deal near on library director's exit

Early separation accord possible by next week's meeting, president says

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library board is moving closer to an early separation agreement with Executive Director Debra Lissak, and board president Chris Scherer said Wednesday that they might reach a deal by next week's meeting.

The board spent two hours in closed session during a special meeting on Wednesday night.

"Negotiations are going well, and we do hope to be able to converse with our attorneys tonight and move forward," board President Chris Scherer said before going into closed session.

Board members in July announced they and Lissak had mutually agreed to seek early separation following a controversial book "weeding" that drew the ire of many library patrons. Three weeks ago, they named Associate Director Kathy Wicks as the acting executive director.

Lissak's contract runs through June 2014, and she was set to make $101,000. She has been using leave time and has been away from work recently, leaving Wicks in charge.

The board next meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Urbana Free Library.

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