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D159 Board President Might Shift into Business Manager Position

John Troy, current District 159 School Board President, would apply for the district's vacant business manager position. Troy told Patch the position would be an ideal fit for him, and he is ready to relinquish his role as president.

There might be a familiar face manning the Business Manager position, if the board approves. , current school board president John Troy has already openly expressed interest in the position.

“Since I've joined the board, I've been interested in becoming a chief business official,” Troy said. “When this position became open, I was like, 'Oh my! This is something that I should [pursue].' This is my career choice.”

Although abrupt, the timing of Hendrick's resignation was "nearly perfect" for Troy, he said. A lawyer with an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and a master's in business administration, Troy is wrapping up certification as a chief school business official at Northern Illinois University.

Troy added that he feels his schooling and experience within the district make him a prime candidate to fill the position, should the board see fit.

“This is my career choice, it's what I've gone to school for,” Troy said. “If I could serve the district in that capacity, I'd be more than happy to do that.”

He was quick to point out that previously, he has recused himself from any board discussions the board about the open position, in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

“I can't be a part of the discussion of the business manager position, that would be unethical,” Troy said.

Troy added that he wants to avoid any appearance of favoritism from the board and that he will submit to the entire application process, should the board choose to consider him for the open position.

Laurie July 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Mokena needs a business manager with experience. With all of the changes in the administration a strong business manager is what is needed.... Let the Superintendent do his job which is to determine what he needs to be successful and giving the community what they want.
R.W.Voter July 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Does that mean bringing in another retread from another failed school system? That seems to be all that we get, or maybe rehire one that we had before, they have experience, but is it good experience. Thank You
Thoughtful Citizen July 23, 2012 at 04:32 PM
What a sad state of affairs. No matter what is "said" about this topic, it looks very bad. It looks like this has been his plan all along and the board is in the tank with him. It appeard to me that Mr. Hendrick is a good mand who did a splendid job as business manager. It looks to me, and to many others, like this board pushed him out to open a space for Mr. Troy. It appears to be Chicago politics visiting Mokena. Even if none of this is true, it casts a pall on this position. If they select Mr. Troy, even if he is the best candidate, it will always look like it was a set up.
cannon fodder July 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Gee, I'd hate to be Mr. Stein if he decides to recommend someone OTHER than his boss for this position. How awkward. But then perhaps one of the other board members will decide that superintendent would be a good career choice for them...
cannon fodder July 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Actually, the reason the budget has improved so dramatically under this board is the fact that since the end of the 2010 school year alone, 200+ students have either withdrawn from the district, or parents with older children in the district have decided their younger siblings would be better served elsewhere and are not enrolling them in the first place. 200 less students at a cost of $8,000 per student translates into an annual savings of 1.6 MILLION dollars. That's where the deficit really went. Unfortunately, this means that the conditions in the schools can never be improved, because if things ever get better to the point where these students felt comfortable coming back to the community's schools? They'd be just as broke as they ever were and then some.

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