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District 303 begins search for CFO

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 is searching for a new chief financial officer.

Brad Cauffman submitted his resignation Monday, a week after the Naperville School District 203 board selected him to be its CFO beginning in the 2013-14 year.

Cauffman will work for District 303 through June 30, he said.

He has worked for the district since November 2006. He still remembers his first school board meeting: He said it was at the Norris Cultural Arts Center and centered around school boundary changes. Cauffman – who has worked for districts in Wyoming, South Dakota and Wisconsin – said he has “never gone through a boundary shift like that.”

Although the job in Naperville will be a career advancement, Cauffman said deciding to leave St. Charles was difficult because he likes working for District 303.

Superintendent Don Schlomann said the district has begun the search for Cauffman’s replacement by posting the job. The district is looking for someone who can make the complicated subject of school finances simple, Schlomann said, explaining that helps build trust.

Cauffman’s resignation was not included in the personnel report the District 303 board approved Monday.

The report did include hiring Pamela Jensen to replace retiring Haines Middle School principal Bob Miller and hiring Timothy Loversky as Thompson Middle School principal. Current Thompson principal Steve Morrill will transfer to Wredling Middle School to replace retiring principal Melissa Dockum. The changes will take effect July 1. Jensen’s salary will be $122,826 and Loversky’s will be $129,348; Morrill’s wasn’t listed.

In other news, two parents spoke against the proposed changes to the middle school schedule. Mary Beth Wright questioned the reduction to language arts when standards are becoming more rigorous.

“How is this elevating academic excellence in our students?” Wright said.

Schlomann said changes to the middle school schedule won’t be acted on until related contract language is discussed with the teachers union. Administrators also are fine-tuning the details, he said, noting the schedule will return to committee before going to the board for action.

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