District 128 board names two top administrators
The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board has filled two key administrative posts that were open because of retirements.
Briant Kelly has been named the district's associate superintendent. Kelly has been serving as Libertyville High School's athletic director.
Additionally, Dan Stanley has been named the district's assistant superintendent for finance. He now serves as the assistant superintendent for business at Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103.
The District 128 board approved both personnel moves Monday night.
Kelly will replace Al Fleming as District 128's associate superintendent, effective July 1. Fleming has held the job since 2009.
Kelly joined the District 128 staff as a math teacher in 2000. He also coached boys track and basketball and became Libertyville's athletic director in 2007.
Kelly was among 17 applicants for the post, Superintendent Prentiss Lea said.
Before the board's vote, Lea praised Kelly's "tremendous work ethic" and his organizational skills, among other attributes.
Kelly will collect a $188,000 annual salary in his new job.
Stanley will replace Yasmine Dada as assistant superintendent for finance, also effective July 1. Dada has held the job since 2001.
Stanley was one of 25 applicants for the job. He has been District 103's finance chief since 2012, and he previously served as the human resources and business manager at Winthrop Harbor School District 1.
"We are ecstatic to have Dan join the team," Lea said. "We know Dan will serve us well for many years to come."
Stanley will collect a $183,000 annual salary.
The votes on the personnel changes followed criticisms from some members of the audience at Monday's meeting.
Among them was Lane Hasler, the vice president of the Oak Grove District 68 board and a Libertyville resident. Hasler said the personnel changes should have waited until after two new board members who won seats in the April 4 election took office to "recognize and respect the public's vote." Those trustees -- Mackenzie Thurman and Kevin Huber -- joined the board Monday night after the staffing votes.
Re-elected incumbents Pat Groody, Ellen Mauer and Karin Lundstedt were sworn in again, too.
Several residents spoke in support of Kelly's promotion to associate superintendent.