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Fairmont D-89 board picks new VP, hires new staffers

LOCKPORT – The Fairmont District 89 board last week approved a new board vice president, along with three new staff positions. 

Richard Myers, who became a new board member this year after the resignation of Robert Loewe, was approved by the board Wednesday to become the vice president, said Lela Bridges, who became the district’s new interim superintendent June 30.

That board position became vacant after Joseph Ryan resigned in late June. In late July, the board welcomed Louis Spoonhour as a new member after Ryan resigned.

New positions 

The board also approved Brock Casey to become the dean and activities director for $49,999 with an additional stipend of $6,000; and Frank Edmond as the student resource supervisor at $15 an hour for 190 days and as a custodian for 70 days.

Bridges said the dean and activities director position is new for District 89 and was put in place to helping students outside of class. She also said the director will have a role in the district’s behavior modification program and helping students who are suspended.

“Our ultimate goal is to keep students in school – in class – and we feel this position will help us to do that,” she said.

The student resource supervisor is the district’s version of the school resource officer previously provided by the Will County Sheriff’s Office, but they are not a police officer, Bridges said. 

At the June 15 meeting, the teachers union raised concerns about losing the school resource officer, citing safety issues.

Bridges said the school resource supervisor will be responsible for greeting visitors, making sure they sign in and support staff.

The board also approved two custodians, six teachers and a resource teacher. 

“We were able to recruit some fantastic new staff and we’re very, very pleased with that,” Bridges said.

Among the job descriptions approved by the board include the library media assistant. Bridges said District 89 has not had a librarian at its media center for several years. The position would help teachers and students with research and obtaining books. 

“We felt with this facility and giving our students as many opportunities as possible, we created this position under the library, but we’re saying media because it’s more than books,” she said. 

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