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New administrative assistant, technology financing discussed at D-113A meeting

LEMONT – The District 113A Board of Education gave the district direction on a couple of outstanding issues during its Wednesday meeting:

1. District to search for administrative assistant to director of operations

The board approved allowing the district to post a job opening for a part time administrative assistant to the director of operations.

Patrick Crean was hired as the new director of operations in July to replace the retiring Pam Mazurek. The position is a combination of the director of buildings and grounds and director of transportation.

Superintendent Courtney Orzel said that the district searched for a candidate qualified to run both departments with the understanding the additional support could be needed. She said that Crean has extensive background in buildings and grounds but has had to come up to speed on transportation.

Hiring the part time position would still be cheaper than if the district had hired separate directors for the departments, Orzel said.

2. Board decides against long-term financing for technology purchases

After approving the purchase of several teacher and classroom computers during the last meeting, the board directed the district to pay for the entire purchase this year rather than over several years.

Business manager Barbara Germany presented a three-year financing plan for the $71,584.98 purchase that would include $1,995.36 in interest payments.

But the board decided that because the district had enough money in its budget to pay for the entire purchase will still maintaining a desired surplus, it would be better to pay the total amount this year.

The purchase is nine Lenovo desktop machines for nurses, secretaries and learning resource center assistants; 11 Lenovo Yoga laptops for principals, secretaries and tech assistants; and 155 Google Chromebooks for Oakwood School students.

3. Something spooky coming to Central School

The board announced the district will host a haunted house event Oct. 24 and 25 at the closed Central School.

The event will include scarier activities for older children during evenings and friendlier activities for younger children during the day Saturday.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the District 113A Educational Foundation and the Hope and Friendship Foundation.

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