There will be a lot of continuity and some change at the top of Brookfield-LaGrange Park School District 95. Last week the District 95 Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve a new five-year contract for Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski, who has held that post for the past 11 years.
“I’m ecstatic to have another five years to work in District 95,” Kuzniewski said. “It’s a phenomenal place to be. The community is amazing, particularly we see how amazing they are in crisis times like this and how we all pull together. … I have a great administrative team. We have phenomenal teachers and non-certified staff.”
Kuzniewski salary next year will be $216,000, about a 5-percent increase from his current salary. The contract calls for 3-percent raises in subsequent years, Kuzniewski said.
The school board also selected a new board president last week, choosing attorney Scott Encher to replace Michelle Maggos, whose resignation from the school board became effective at the close of the April 16 meeting.
Encher said the board is thrilled to keep Kuzniewski.
“Mark has done an amazing job with our district,” Encher said. “The amount of work that was done behind the scenes in dealing with our referendum … to manage a multimillion construction project, to have added to that project air conditioning in both schools and still come in under budget, Mark gets a significant amount of credit for that.”
Encher also praised Kuzniewski for managing the district’s abrupt transition to remote learning during the current pandemic.
“Mark goes above and beyond every single time,” Encher said. “If you look at how the eLearning situation has rolled out, Mark has been on top of every single aspect of it, has been beyond exemplary in his communication with the board, the parents, the community itself. To a person, as we discussed with the board, I don’t know that we could find somebody better than who we have.”
Maggos had been school board president since 2016 and was first elected to the board in 2013. She resigned from the board with one year left on her second term to devote more time to her work with the South Berwyn Education Foundation. She is a first-grade teacher in South Berwyn School District 100.
District 95 accomplished a lot during Maggos’ time as school board president. In 2017, voters approved a building bond referendum that financed major renovations and expansion at the district’s two schools.
Full-day kindergarten was implemented this year, and during the past couple of years new contracts were signed with all the district’s union employees. With Kuzniewski’s new contract completed, Maggos felt that she was leaving the board with major projects completed and the district in a good and stable place.
Encher, who served as the leader of the referendum campaign as the chairperson of Citizens for D95 advocacy group, said Maggos will be a hard act to follow as board president.
“Giant shoes to fill, to say the very, very least,” said Encher, who was elected to the school board in 2017.
Last week’s meeting was mostly held virtually. Kuzniewski and Maggos were present physically at Brook Park School, while other board members participated by Zoom video conference.
Encher was the only person nominated – Maggos made the motion — for the post of board president. Jacqueline Jordan, who was elected to the school board last year, was chosen vice president of the board, while Rebecca Zoltoski was selected as board secretary.
Encher, 49, is a personal injury lawyer who works for a small downtown Chicago law firm. He has lived in Brookfield for the past 19 years and has three children, a senior and a freshman at Riverside-Brookfield High School and a fourth-grader at Brook Park School. Encher is the only man on the school board.
Next month, the school board hopes to appoint someone to fill the vacancy on the board left by Maggos’ resignation.
Those interested in replacing Maggos on the school board should send a letter of interest to the school board at the district’s administrative offices at 3724 Prairie Ave, Brookfield, 60513-1612 by May 1.