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Two More Administrators Exiting District 308

Angie Smith, director of business services, and Eric Koranda, dean at Oswego High School, are moving on to other districts.

One day after , the Oswego School District has announced two more resignations.

Angie Smith, District 308’s director of business services, is headed to Plainfield Consolidated Unit School District 202 to serve as assistant superintendent for business and operations. The Plainfield school board . Her last day in Oswego will be June 30.

Smith joined District 308 in 2009 as the finance manager before being promoted in 2011 to her current position. With the new job, she assumed responsibilities for the district’s transportation department, food service, liability insurance and purchasing programs. Smith is also a board member for the West Aurora School District.

“Angie has been an integral partner in our finance and business operations,” said Superintendent Dan O’Donnell. “Her ability to negotiate lower prices from vendors and find great deals has been critical to balancing our budgets. Her expertise also helped transform our transportation department. Our loss is Plainfield 202’s gain and we wish Angie well in this next phase of her career.”

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Angie for her assistance, support and dedication to the district over the past three years,” said District 308 School Board President Bill Walsh. “We wish Angie the best as she transitions to her new role.”

Eric Koranda, dean, has also handed in his resignation. He has accepted an assistant principal position at Fenton Community High School District 100 in Bensenville.

Koranda has been with District 308 as an OEHS dean since 2007, and also coordinates the district’s F.I.R.S.T. robotics program. He previously worked for six years at Morton West High School in J. Sterling Morton High School District 201.

“Eric had a ready smile and a helping hand for students as a dean at East,” O’Donnell said. “We know he will be just as successful in his role as an assistant principal in his new district. We wish him continued success.”

Smith’s departure is the latest in a line of top administrator exits that began with Assistant Superintendent for Administration Todd Colvin’s . He was followed by and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance , along with Thompson Junior High Principal Tracy , Long Beach Elementary School Principal , and Brokaw Early Learning Center Principal .

In April, the District 308 Board to replace Neubauer, and last month with former Ankeny, Iowa superintendent Matthew Wendt to step into the top spot in Oswego. This month, the board Shannon Leuders as Thompson’s new principal, and hired Christine Smith to lead Long Beach.

And on Monday, the board as the new principal at Brokaw, and agreed to enter into negotiations with an unknown candidate to take over Colvin’s duties as executive director of administrative services. A final decision is expected on that by Thursday.

Mark Z June 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
There is not tuition reimbursement. None. Nada. The teachers that chose to (really more or less forced to) extend their education do so out of their own pockets, just like the pockets they use to spend money on their classrooms and students. After getting a masters degree, you are not just still a 3rd grade teacher, you are a better 3rd grade teacher with more resources and skills to teach. Taking masters level courses while still teaching does take talent. It takes a smart, hard-working person to balance the two. Teachers earning their masters degrees cannot take the time off and then return to teaching and certainly don't teach less while learning. Not to mention all the time and effort put into their own educations during the summer and other breaks which is when the bulk of their classes take place. The classes during the school terms often focus on things to improve the classes they are teaching. Rather than take away from your children, they are providing even more. Please look into these matters before complaining about them and going off of here-say. Talk to a teacher sometime, maybe.
Committed to D. 308 June 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
@John S, in terms of letting facts escape you, the grading comments were offensive. I teach English, and I have NEVER had anyone grade my papers but me. My assessments are projects, papers, or classroom discussion. Papers take 15 minutes EACH to grade. I have 75-90 junior high students per year. Do the math on minutes spent grading one assignment, and then perhaps keep that in the back of your mind the next time you are slamming dedicated professional educators. Also, TRS is part of our compensation package, and it goes straight to our pensions. If you cut TRS, the package will be balanced somewhere else. That's just reality.
John Spasojevich June 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM
@Committed...well now you see why I seldom criticize teachers. If you dare to make a critical comment the immediate reaction is just what you gave, the old "How Dare You" routine. Save it, it's old and worn out, teachers are no different than an other group, they are not a sacred thing that has to be accepted without question. My oldest is 23 and my youngest is 14 so I have played the game before. As I suspected there is less or in your case no student grading of papers....are you saying that not even xeroxed worksheets are in that? Well if you are interested I can show you a whole tub of papers from a District 308 K-5 school which were student graded, you can tell they were because the student who graded signed the paper, this was routine apparently in this school as I have them from different grade levels. Now its been two years since our last one left there so maybe it's different now? Perhaps you are having them write poems or short stories of several pages. I'm talking about the single sheet worksheet type stuff.
John Spasojevich July 01, 2012 at 12:18 AM
@ Olivia...that $600K figure was broadcast on WGN in a story about 2 years ago about school funding and waste. I believe it also appeared in the Chicago Tribune in a similar article.
john August 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
where is 308 school board on the convicted drunken ass. principal I guess charactor only counts if your a student not ass. principals. This guy has lost respect of students and parents and should just quite to save face.But he won't where is mothers against drunk drivers should we protest in front of old post to show this guy that he should think of a different job. How can he still come to work when stundents and parents are giggling behind his back? Most people would be embarressed.

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