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D. 202 Board of Education approves five new administrators

Five new administrators will join District 202 following approval of their appointment by the Board of Education at its June 25, 2012 regular meeting.

Angela Smith, who is currently the Director of Business Services for Oswego District 308 will be District 202’s new Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, starting July 1, 2012.

Smith replaces John Prince, who is retiring after 38 years in education. Smith brings a unique mixture of public and private-sector experience – including five years as a member of the West Aurora School District Board of Education.

Smith started her professional career in 1990 as a trust administrator at Castle Bank, and four years later became a trust officer. She held that position for two years and then was vice president and trust officer from 1996-2000.

She took time off until 2009 when she joined District 308 as its Finance Manager until 2011. Since 2011, Smith has served as Oswego’s Director of Business Services. She has had wide-ranging responsibility in the latter role for numerous functions, including food services, attendance boundaries and transportation.

That breadth of experience was very appealing, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Harper. “Our Business and Operations department also includes numerous services so having someone who has and can continue to juggle multiple responsibilities will help us better serve the community,” Harper said.

Smith said her ongoing service as an elected official gives her a special perspective in her role as an administrator because she gets to see most issues from all sides.

“Being a sitting Board member makes me a better administrator, and being an administrator makes me a better Board member,” Smith said.

The Board of Education also approved appointing three new assistant directors to the Student Services department, which oversees all special education.

The new directors are part of a restructuring of the Student Services department, which eliminated two year-long advisors; a 100-day private facility administrator; and five special education administrators (one at Plainfield Academy and four district-wide positions.) The Student Services department now has six fewer administrators.

• Joe Schimmel will serve as Assistant Director for Emotional Disabilities. Schimmel started his education career in 1999 as a special education teacher at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, and as a technical assistant supervisor with the Leyden Area Special Education Co-op.

From 2008-2009, he was Special Education Department Chair for Leyden District 212. Schimmel then served as Principal for the Bloom Township Alternative School for a year, and as principal of Bloom Trail High School the last two years.

• Cheril Phillips will be the new Assistant Director for Elementary Programs. Phillips began her education career in education in 1984 as a special education teacher in the Peoria School District.

From 1985-1995, Phillips taught special education in Joliet District 86 before being named the Special Education Coordinator there in 1995. Phillips served for four years in that role, and joined District 202 in 1999 as a special education administrator. She has worked in numerous District 202 schools at all levels.

• Deborah (Dee) Graves will be the new Assistant Director for Transition and Private Placement. Graves came to education from the private sector about seven years ago when she joined District 202 as a vocational coordinator for Plainfield North High School.

Before working at PNHS, graves was an administrator of human resources from 2000-2004 for Blistex, Inc.

Finally, the Board approved the appointment of Lakewood Falls Elementary School fifth grade teacher Tyler Broders as the Interim Assistant Principal at Grand Prairie Elementary School. Broders temporarily replaces current Assistant Principal Julianne Palmer.

Broders started his education career teaching sixth grade in Rialto, California from 2003-2005, then came to District 202 and Lakewood Falls in 2006. He has also served as both the sophomore girls basketball coach from 2007 to now, and assistant varsity baseball coach from 2008 to now, at Plainfield High School – Central Campus.

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