Come July 1, Riverside-Brookfield High School will once again have a full-time business manager.

On May 24, the District 208 school board voted 5 to 0 to hire 37-year-old Scott Beranek as the district’s new chief financial officer, replacing Tim McGinnis who is retiring at the end of June after five years as the district’s part-time CFO.

Prior to McGinnis being hired the district typically had full-time business managers.

Beranek, who has been a school business manager for just one year, received a two-year contract. He will be paid $82,500 in his first year and $85,000 in his second year. Beranek currently serves as the business manager for Riverdale School District 133, a small elementary district in the south suburbs where his current salary is $60,000. 

McGinnis, a retiree hired to work three days a week, is being paid $79,365 this year.

District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis and the school board considered both full-time and part-time candidates to replace McGinnis. Part-timers are usually, like McGinnis, retired school business managers who can only work 100 days per year and still receive their state pension payments.

 “Based on the candidates that we interviewed, the compensation would have been similar for a full-timer and a person with significant experience as a part-timer, so at the end of the day the additional hours will assist me with some additional work that’s going on with the construction project, negotiations, and all those types of things,” Skinkis said.

Beranek has a somewhat unusual background for a school business manager in that he has experience as both a teacher and school administrator. He worked as a dean at Morton West High School, as an assistant principal at Liberty Junior High in Burbank, and as a computer teacher for Cicero Elementary School District 99. 

Prior to working in Riverdale, Beranek worked for two years as a technology specialist at an alternative therapeutic day school in Lombard called the School for Expressive Arts and Learning.

Before going into education Beranek worked for four-and-a-half years as a customer relations representative at the Chicago Stock Exchange. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lewis University, a master’s in educational administration from Concordia University, and earned his chief school business official’s endorsement from Governors State University. 

District 208 school board President Mike Welch and board member Garry Gryczan were involved in the second round of interviews with Beranek.

Beranek said that he is looking forward to coming to RBHS.

“I’m just super excited about coming to a different community,” Beranek said. “It’s a new challenge, and I just look forward to becoming the chief financial official there.”

Beranek is coming to RBHS at a time when the school may soon begin to face significant financial challenges.

“I want to come in and be transparent with the district’s financials,” Beranek said.