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Article posted: 5/31/2013 5:30 PM

Grayslake District 46 going on sixth business boss since 2010

Steven Strack

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Grayslake Elementary District 46 continues to have a revolving door for its top finance job.

District 46 is seeking its sixth chief school business official since 2010 as Anna Kasprzyk prepares to exit. Without comment, the school board in April declined to reappoint Kasprzyk for the 2013-14 academic season.

Kasprzyk's $117,524 total compensation package runs through June 30. She had been a business office employee when she was promoted in November 2011, shortly after Todd Covault departed for a similar top finance position in downstate Decatur.

Covault was at District 46 for a little more than two months when he resigned.

District 46 school board President Steven Strack said the frequent turnover for the chief school business official post is a concern. He said an interim business boss will be in place if someone isn't hired before Kasprzyk leaves.

"Obviously, it is one of the most important positions in the district," Strack said Friday.

Covault took over for David Tylavsky, who quit in March 2011 after eight months on the job.

Tylavsky was hired to replace Edward Towle, who was sacked in May 2010 before he started. Towle bested about 40 candidates who applied to replace Brad Goldstein.

Documents show Towle received $49,000 from the settlement of a federal lawsuit he filed against District 46 for breach of contract.

Towle was dumped after officials learned he had been on paid leave for alleged performance problems at his previous job at a suburban Milwaukee school system when he was hired in Grayslake. District 46 officials say he didn't disclose his leave status during the hiring process.

Superintendent Ellen Correll will recommend a new chief school business official to the school board. The elected officials get the final say on the hire.

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