Lyons-Brookfield District 103’s interim business manager, Guy Cahill, addresses the school board at their meeting last week at George Washington Middle School. (Bob Skolnik/Contributor)

After being without a business manager for about a month Lyons School District 103 has a new business manager. On Jan. 25 the District 103 Board of Education voted 6-0 to hire Guy Cahill to the post of Interim Business Manager. 

Cahill, a retired school business manager, replaces Shelia Johnson who resigned about a month ago after spending 21 months at District 103. Cahill is the fifth business manager for District 103 since 2016.

The 64-year-old Cahill retired in 2012 as the assistant superintendent for finance and operations for the Galesburg school district. He began his career as a driver education teacher at Rochester High School near Springfield. Since retiring in 2012, Cahill served two stints as the interim business manager for the Champaign public schools, the most recent which ended in June of 2020.

In addition to working for the Galesburg and Champaign school districts, Cahill has worked as the business manager for school districts in Peoria, Pekin and Rich Township High School District 227 in the south suburbs. 

Although Cahill has spent most of his career working in central Illinois, except for three years working for Rich Township High School District 227, he is a native and resident of south suburban Park Forest. Cahill graduated from Crete Monee High School and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Illinois State University.

Cahill has particular expertise in collective bargaining. As a young teacher he was a negotiator for the teachers union at Rochester High School. Since District 103 is currently or will soon be negotiating contracts with unions representing teachers, teacher aides and custodians, that expertise was attractive to school board President Jorge Torres and Superintendent Kristopher Rivera. 

Cahill said that he had interviews with Torres, Rivera and HR Director Stephanie Koenig.

“They primarily brought me on for my expertise in collective bargaining,” Cahill said. 

Cahill will be paid $750 per five-hour work day. His contract runs through June 30 and is not to exceed $90,000. Cahill said he will work remotely some days and on other days he will work in the district’s administrative center.

Cahill said he expects to be involved in the process of hiring a permanent new business manager.

“I’d like to think one of my goals is to find a permanent replacement,” Cahill said.