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District 181 adds second former Troy superintendent

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 8:19 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – Community Consolidated School District 181 has plucked another superintendent from the Troy Community Consolidated School District.

Former Troy Director of Operations Ken Surma has accepted a position at District 181 as its assistant superintendent of information services and operations. He will rejoin Hinsdale Superintendent Don White, who was the Troy superintendent until resigning in May and accepting the open District 181 superintendent position.

Surma’s new job is part of a reorganization of the superintendents office, and he will oversee all data and operations within the district, making improvements when necessary, according to White.

“He will be working in a CIO role, like that of a private corporation,” White said.

White added that Surma will also be looking for ways to save the district money. His duties could include bidding out contracts to find less expensive alternative business, or finding ways to save on transportation costs, according to White.

He will also analyze technology purchases inside and outside of the classrooms, as well as facility needs. White said the goal is for Surma to improve the district all areas.

The position replaces the former assistant superintendent of learning position that was held by Kevin Russell, who left D-181 earlier this summer.

White said the structural change came after he started piecing together the districts' needs after speaking with parents and community members.

Surma and White previously worked together in the Troy School District for seven years, with Surma stepping in as interim superintendent of Troy when White took his job in D-181.

Surma's salary will $135,000; during the 2013-14 school year, Russell made $140,670.

Surma will take over his new position July 21.


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