New students won't be the only fresh faces in the Wilmington School District this upcoming school year.
On June 11, members of the Wilmington School District 209-U Board of Education approved the hires of multiple staff members.
New faces in the new year will include:
Steve Brummel - District Services Librarian
Nola Sawyer - High School Foreign Language
Jodie Palmer - Part-time High School Guidance Counselor
Scott Ziller - Seventh Grade Science, salary schedule
Sarah Horton - Second Grade
Michelle Mandac - Title I Reading Teacher
Amy Mahoney - Second Grade
Katie Long - Fifth Grade
The board also approved the continuing employment of Ellen Wandless as the district business manager, and the short-term hire of Bonnie Taylor as a consultant for one week this summer.
Assistant Superintendent Matt Swick said that still pending were new hires for a part-time elementary technology teacher, a part-time PE teacher, and a Pre-K teacher. The district is also looking at enrollment to see if another first grade teacher needs to be added to the payroll. Swick said whether the district can afford to bring in a full time Pre-K teacher will depend on state funding.
Funding wise, the district has now started seeing some payments from Will County. Wandless told the board that the district has collected about 27 percent of its tax dollars so far, but another payment was expected this week.
Wandless also said that as the fiscal year comes to a close, the district would be doing some line-item transfers in its budget to stay on track
"After reviewing the budget, we're going to need to make some intra-fund transfers," Wandless explained. "We had a lot more cold this winter than we've had in any recent history, so for gas prices, we didn't budget to what they actually ended up being."
The new fiscal year ends on June 30.
The board members will hold their next regular meeting in August.