Business manager

D103 business manager resigning as of January 4

Lyons-Brookfield School District 103 is looking again for a business manager after the school board voted on Dec. 14 to accept Sheila Johnson’s resignation, effective Jan. 4. Johnson has been working as the school district’s business manager since April 2020.

Johnson did not respond to a call from Landmark asking her why she quit and what she was going to do next. There is no longer a listing for Johnson in the staff directory on the school district’s website, but calls are still directed to his recorded voicemail.

District 103 Superintendent Kristopher Rivera declined to comment on why Johnson resigned or what she will do after leaving District 103. But he praised Johnson for the job she did during her time in District 103, calling her “the ultimate professional”.

“Sheila is phenomenal,” Rivera said. “I hate losing her. She is extremely knowledgeable, positive, energetic, always available for anything.

Rivera said it’s likely the district will hire an interim business manager to serve until the summer, when the district can more easily hire a full-time replacement.

Before Johnson was hired in 2020, a retired business manager, Marty McConahay, served as an interim business director for six months after Sherry Reynolds-Whitaker stepped down in 2019.

Rivera said he contacted McConahay to replace him again, but McConahay is not available.

Rivera said he knew Johnson was leaving in November and started interviewing possible replacements.

“We’ve had a few rounds of interviews so far,” Rivera said after the December 14 school board meeting. “We had a second one today. Hopefully we’ll make a decision very soon, as its end date is approaching. “

Whoever is hired as an interim or permanent replacement will be the fifth person to hold the position of Business Manager in District 103 since 2016.

At the December 14 meeting, Johnson made a recorded presentation of the district’s annual tax levy, which council approved later in the meeting. The school board approved a 4.99 percent increase in its annual tax levy.

However, this increase will be reduced by the county clerk to comply with the Illinois Tax Cap Act, which limits the increase in the annual tax extension to the Consumer Price Index ( CPI) or 5%, whichever is lower.

Since the 2021 levy uses the previous year’s CPI, the district tax extension will only be increased by 1.4% plus the value of any newly developed property listed on the tax rolls. of the district this year.

“We took as much as possible to leave nothing on the table,” Johnson said during his taped presentation.

Johnson said the district is expected to get around $ 22 million in tax revenue next year.