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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

West Aurora and East Aurora Make Special Education Bus Change; West Aurora Names New Administrators Including Athletic Director and Realigns Program for At-Risk Students

Both West Aurora School District 129 and East Aurora School District 131 voted to change special education contracts to California-based Durham School Services from Aurora-based Richlee Vans.

For West Aurora, the vote was unanimous to make the first change since 2007.  For East Aurora, the 4-3 vote was to make a change after 20 years.

Durham School Services will seek to hire local drivers, including those in good standing who may leave Richlee.


Also, West Aurora School District 129 will name four new administrators at their May 21st school board meeting:

Jason Buckley will be the district's new Athletic Director.  Mr. Buckley had been assistant director at Oswego East High School, head coach for boys basketball and boys golf and a social science teacher.

Elizabeth Wendel will be assistant principal for operations at West Aurora High School.  She is currently the chairman of the math department.

Joseph Neukirch, who will be a dean at West Aurora High School, has been a social science teacher, head boys swimming coach for seven years and interim dean for since last year.

Brian Fennewald will also be a dean at West Aurora High School after assistant athletic director, assistant baseball coach, aquatics director and a teacher in math and special education.

Dr. James Rydland, Superintendent of West Aurora School District 129, said "the board is aware of my proposed recommendations and supports these selections."

West Aurora School District 129 also announce it will not renew its contract with the Quad County Urban League for alternative education for at-risk students during the 2012-2013 school year.

Mike Chapin, District 129's Director of Community Relations, says the district will serve the students itself with a plan to help students remain in their home schools and using new technology, including online courses.

The program had cost the district over $300,000 for about 85 spots for middle school and high school students in 2010.

The district will continue to work with Quad County Urban League on selected programs.

East Aurora School District's contract is scheduled to renewed during the summer of 2012.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So is Buckley part of the mass exodus of administrators from D308? The school board there makes the boards at 129 & 131 look pretty good. Drive away all the administrators, and then hire new ones at much higher salaries (their first hire was at $40k more per year than the one who left). Good fiscal responsibility.