District 74 panel to follow the dollar
Updated: August 27, 2012 11:01AM
Lincolnwood School District 74 began its fiscal year on July 1 with new leadership intact and plans to revive a financial advisory committee.
Last month’s hire of Business Manager Darrell Moon and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kim Nasshan restored the embattled school district’s administrative team, which had fallen to pieces over the past three months following the resignation, retirement and termination of its superintendent triumvirate.
Moon was the sole candidate considered by interim Superintendent Kenneth Cull to handle the district’s financial affairs, a focal point of public scrutiny the past school year.
He assumes the work of former Assistant Superintendent for Business Kevin Nohelty.
The board fired Nohelty in a special meeting on June 12 following a three-month leave of absence for reasons left undisclosed.
Though they previously had not worked together, Cull said Moon has been a colleague of his for years.
Moon formerly worked in the business offices of school districts in McHenry, Gurnee and Grayslake, and is a past president of the Illinois Association of Business Officials.
He was selected in part for his interest in serving a single school-year term, Cull said, as it is a customary perk for an incoming superintendent to choose his or her “cabinet.” The school board is in the process of searching for a permanent top staff leader.
Nasshan came to Lincolnwood after serving as the principal of Washington School in Park Ridge for eight years.
Of the 12 applicants who applied, she was one of two interviewed for the assistant superintendent position.
Both Moon and Nasshan are to earn $144,000 through June 30, 2013.
Lincoln Hall Middle School’s new leader, April Miller, earns $115,000 in the 2012-2013 school year.
She replaced former principal Linda Klobucher, who for two weeks was at the helm of the district after former superintendent Mark Klaisner stepped down.
Forty-four professionals had applied for the principal position, according to school documents.
School Board President Scott Anderson viewed the high number as a sign that the district is still a desirable place to work despite the public controversies of the past half year.
A constant barrage of inquiries and requests for public documents related to the district’s handling of money also prompted school officials to reinstate a financial committee of nine community members.
Among its responsibilities, the committee is charged with analyzing the district’s budget and expenses, making cost containment recommendations, and exploring alternative revenue sources.
Letters of intent and resumes were due July 16.
Last month board officials also approved the hire of Jennifer Anderson as the district’s director of technology and Eric Pingel as a network systems engineer.