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Changes made in Troy school administration

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:11 p.m. CDT

The Troy School District 30-C board this week unanimously approved the creation of two positions that will divide the duties of the now defunct post of director of operations, which was vacated Monday by Ken Surma.

Surma left to become an assistant superintendent at Hinsdale Community Consolidated School District 181. He joins former Troy Superintendent Don White, who left in May.

New Troy Superintendent Todd Koehl started Monday.

The board approved Wednesday the appointment of current Director of Finance Elaine Colombo to the newly created position of executive director of finance and operations. Colombo got a $24,000 raise and will make $125,000. She will take over operations duties.

Another new position, director of human resources, has yet to be filled, Koehl said. The job will pay $110,000. Koehl said he expects that position to be filled at a special board meeting July 30.

By that time, Koehl also hopes to fill the recently vacated principal post at Heritage Trail Elementary School.

Also, the board approved the appointment of Deb Marco as director of special education, a position created last February. The position assimilates the duties of Special Services Coordinator Dede Glover, who left at the end of June for a position in a private school.

In other news:

• The district has signed a five-year, $748,000 lease for 67 new school buses to replace what school officials described as an aging bus fleet.

• The district has closed a deal that has been in the budget for two years to buy 51 acres at Essington Road and Glenwood Avenue for $2.2 million. The property, which is earmarked for a future intermediate school campus, was acquired “while the prices were right” but there are no immediate building plans, according to school board President Mark Griglione.

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