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Kaneland school district struggles to find paraprofessionals as board approves additional hires

The district is now seeking to hire 7 paraprofessionals

District 302
District 302

SUGAR GROVE – Kaneland school board has approved the hiring of two additional paraprofessionals, but finding them continues to be challenging as the district is now trying to hire a total of seven instead of five.

The board approved the hiring during a meeting on Oct. 16 after recognizing that specific pockets of student needs would benefit from such additional support.

Kaneland had already been short of five paraprofessionals this school year, but that number increased to seven to maximize the learning environment in the schools.

“Filling paraprofessionals is a common concern across the state,” said Christopher Adkins, director of human resources for Kaneland. “We’ve been talking at our Kane County Human Resources Consortium about it and every district is struggling in a similar capacity, but I am confident we will be able to fill them but will need some time to do it.”

In other meeting action, the board announced and approved donations in the amount of $108,995.40 from eight parent organizations, which included the Kaneland High School Sports Boosters ($23,600) and Kaneland High School Performing Arts Boosters ($23,253.40).

Dr. Todd Leden, superintendent for Kaneland, doesn’t have to worry about keeping his office fresh with artwork, as he receives new art each year that is shown off at the Milnamow Administrative Center. It serves as a great compliment to the district’s talented young artists and the wonderful art teachers who help guide them, he said.

Dr. Leden announced and displayed the two pieces of artwork that were purchased from each district school this year to open the meeting.

First place winners included Brynn Humm (John Stewart), Ansley Ruh (Blackberry Creek), Carter Grabowski (McDole), Olivia North (John Shields), Brenna Miller (Harter Middle School) and Jessica Kosior (Kaneland High School).

Second place winner included Amelia Jones (John Stewart), Elena Kirkwood (Blackberry Creek), Angel Sosa (McDole), Corinne Faivre (John Shields), Giselle Galvez (Harter Middle School) and Ashtyn Winkler (Kaneland High School).

“This art work, as it is selected, for the next two years it will reside over in the district office,” Leden said. “It’ll either stay in my office for one year, which is awesome because I’m not real big on decorating for one, and it’s a good way to showcase our students. When anybody comes by the office it’s there, the next year it’s in the hallway and the third year it goes back to their school of origin.”

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