In addition to approving major upgrades to its mechanical systems this year, Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 school board plans on hiring a new director of operations and maintenance, a new administrative position for the district.

Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski told the school board Thursday night that his search was down to two finalists. Those two people will meet with the school board prior to its Feb. 10 meeting.

A decision on a hire should be made soon after that, Kuzniewski said, and that person should be on board within 30 to 60 days. Both candidates are currently employed at other school districts. Their names have not been made public.

District 95 employs eight custodians, including a head custodian, who is the emergency contact and performs scheduling in addition to custodial duties.

“What the district lacks in my opinion is a scope of maintenance,” Kuzniewski said. “We have custodians who can do minor repairs, but in terms of a preventive maintenance plan, there’s nothing in place.

The new director would be responsible for creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy, streamlining purchasing and being the district’s main contact for contractors.

Kuzniewski said the new position “is an investment to make sure the $13 million that has gone into these buildings doesn’t fall apart in five years.”

The new director’s annual salary will be about $80,000, Kuzniewski said.

– Bob Uphues