Kadir Dada

Lyons-Brookfield Elementary School District 103 has hired a new business manager, upgrading the position to that of assistant superintendent for business office. 

On March 28 the school board voted 5-0 to hire Abdul Dada to be the new assistant superintendent. Dada who goes by his middle name, Kadir, will be paid an annual salary of $125,000. 

Dada, 67, who has worked as the comptroller at Maywood School District 89 for more than eight years, will begin work at District 103 on April 7. Dada will replace his brother, Mosin Dada, and Mosin’s wife, Yasmine, who have been serving as co-interim business managers at District 103 since last fall.

Being school business officers runs in the Dada family. Abdul Dada’s son, Imaad Dada, is the business manager at Komarek School District 94 in North Riverside and a nephew is the assistant superintendent of finance for Township High School District 113, which is based in Highland Park.

“We all enjoy it,” Dada said, who told school board members on March 28, “My role will be in supporting the teachers and staff members in supporting the students.”

Dada immigrated to the United States from Pakistan when he was young man. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in Pakistan and earned a second bachelor’s degree in computer science from what is now the University of Illinois at Springfield. 

After having his own business and working in the information technology industry for 25 years, he decided to go into school finance, earning a master’s degree in education and a chief school business officer endorsement from Northern Illinois University.

Nearly a decade ago, Dada worked for District 103 for a few months in an interim capacity. Counting interim appointments, Dada is the sixth business manager — and the third full-time business manager — at District 103 since 2019.

District 103 Superintendent Kristopher Rivera did not respond to calls or an email from the Landmark asking him to comment on the hiring of Dada to the new position of assistant superintendent.