Two administrators announced their departure from the district at the Lyons Elementary School District 103 June 25 board meeting, and two more were hired.
Kevin Slattery, the district’s business manager, stepped down after just a year to take a position with Special Education District 802, which serves students in the southwest suburbs with low-incidence disabilities. Also exiting is Jakob Banbor, the district’s network administrator.
Hired as interim school business official was Jacqui Parisi, who got her start in the private sector as a computer programmer for Fortune 500 companies, she told the board. She’s been in school finance since 2004, she said in a later interview.
According to a resume provided by the district, Parisi previously worked at a Bensenville elementary school district, as business manager for Yorkville District 115 and for Homewood District 153.
In 2013, she worked at District 89 in Maywood/Melrose Park, where she served as assistant superintendent. She also had brief consultant stints the past two years at Thornton Township High School District 205 and New Trier High School.
Parisi said Illinois school districts share “challenges in funding from the state and federal government.”
School finance directors around the state are concerned about “upcoming pension reform and the general state aid calculations,” she added.
“I’m excited to be here and do great things for the district and help the students get what they need in these challenging times,” she said.
The board did not reveal how much Parisi would be paid. Slattery had been at the district since May 2014. His salary was not available on the district website.
The board hired Anthony DeFeo, of Lombard, as new assistant principal for George Washington Middle School. DeFeo worked for East Aurora School District 131 for a decade as a teacher, and then principal of a pre-K through sixth-grade elementary school for four years. According to the Illinois State Board of Education website, DeFeo received his undergrad degree from Elmhurst College and his graduate degree from Concordia University Chicago.
“Anthony has a great deal of experience in PBS (Positive Behavior Supports), RTI (Response To Intervention), and special education,” said new GW Principal Paul Bleuher in an email. “All of these experiences, along with his professionalism and a child-centered mindset, will help GWMS move forward.”
DeFeo will also serve as athletic director for sports and clubs.
The board voted to cancel its impending contract to change lunch service from Open Kitchens of Chicago to Aramark. Board member Mark Camasta, an attorney, said the district would not suffer any legal penalty for not following through on the change, even though the board had voted to change vendors last spring.
The switch would have had the district purchasing around $96,000 in kitchen equipment now rented from Open Kitchen.
“The only downside is we’ll have egg on our face if we go out to bid again next year,” Camasta said.
Board members Joanne Schaeffer and Sharon Anderson voted nay on the cancellation, saying they wanted to acknowledge a community survey where over half the 416 parents and student respondents asked for the food vendor to be changed.
The district also voted to purchase and update the security entrance procedures using a new electronic security entry system from the same company used by Morton High School District 201.