By Bob Uphues
The LaGrange-Brookfield School District 102 Board of Education added another piece to the district's administrative puzzle by unanimously approving the hire of Juan Lyle as their new director of technology.
Lyle comes to District 102 from Crete-Monee School District 201-U, a K-12 district that serves more than 5,000 students in the far south suburbs. He replaces Al Kirkus, who served as director of technology in District 102 for the past 21 years.
"Juan's experience with networks, implementing one-to-one programs and working to ensure that technology is available for students to access their learning was a key factor in bringing him into District 102," said Superintendent Kyle Schumacher in a press release.
Lyle's salary will be $110,000. That will be a reduction in expense for the district, which paid Kirkus $147,244 during the 2017-18 school year.
A Lansing resident, Lyle has served as director of technology in District 201-U since 2015 and was responsible for implementing the school district's strategic technology plan, reconstructing the telephone system, redesigning the computer network infrastructure and launching a one-to-one technology initiative as the leader of the district's Technology Integration Team.
He also administered District 201-U's Google Apps for Education platform, which District 102 also uses.
Prior to his time in District 201-U, Lyle worked for two years as information technology director in Brookfield School District 167 in Glenwood.
According to the press release issued by the school district, Lyle has also held technology positions at American College of Healthcare Executives in Chicago, Valley View District 365U in Romeoville, Thornton Township School District 205 in South Holland, TEKsystems in Downers Grove, Glazier Foods Company in Addison, Texas, and Manpower Office Professionals in Dallas.
Lyle has a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master's in public administration from Governors State University.
"I look forward to maintaining a 21st-century learning environment in order to prepare our students to move on to the next level of education and adequately training our educators to either build or establish the skill sets necessary to integrate technology within their curriculum," Lyle said in the press release."
District 102 serves the southwest quarter of Brookfield.