SD 103 board was expected to approve new staffers this week
By Steve Metsch
Lyons School District 103 is still without a business manager and human
resources directorÑalong with several teachersÑalthough the academic year began
That’s because an Aug. 19 meeting intended to hire people for those
positions was canceled for lack of a quorum. At least some of those positions
were slated to be filled at this week’s board meeting Tuesday night.
Board member Olivia Quintero had a prior commitment and could not attend
last week’s meeting. Board president Jorge Torres was out of town.
That left five board members. Vito Campanile and Winifred Rodriguez had
said they could attend Monday’s meeting, board member Shannon Johnson said.
“Then, all of a sudden (Monday), Winifred and Vito said they couldn’t
come,” Johnson said.
Calls to Campanile and Rodriguez were not returned.
Quintero said last Tuesday she can’t speak for the other board members
about their not being able to attend.
“It’s awfully coincidental,” Johnson said of their not being able to
“It is beyond frustrating, not to mention all the calls I’ve been getting
from parents,” Johnson said of the hiring delays.
At its previous meeting on Aug. 13, the board narrowly approved paying
former Supt. Carol Baker $10,700 in a settlement for unused vacation days.
“It’s a big chunk of change out of the kids’ pockets. And we set a
precedent,” Johnson said.
Baker had hoped to be paid for 20 unused vacation days that kicked in when
her contract began on July 1, 2018. The board tried to pro-rate that to two
unused days, Johnson said.
Baker said last Tuesday that she was happy with the $10,700. “A contract
is a contract. We all know that,” she said.
“It’s what the previous board should have paid me a year ago. The previous
board refused to honor my contract and I filed with the labor board.
“This this board was advised by their attorneys if they didn’t pay it,
then they’d likely have to pay fees and fines and attorney fees and other
things,” Baker said.
Baker worked in Lyons two of the three years on her contract before
resigning to take a job in Hinsdale.
“I loved the time I was there. I’m glad to see that some good people are
on the board now, and I hope they can turn the tide in a good direction because
they were a mess last year … I wish them well.”
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