There might be a familiar face manning the Business Manager position, if the board approves. , current school board president John Troy has already openly expressed interest in the position.
“Since I've joined the board, I've been interested in becoming a chief business official,” Troy said. “When this position became open, I was like, 'Oh my! This is something that I should [pursue].' This is my career choice.”
Although abrupt, the timing of Hendrick's resignation was "nearly perfect" for Troy, he said. A lawyer with an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and a master's in business administration, Troy is wrapping up certification as a chief school business official at Northern Illinois University.
Troy added that he feels his schooling and experience within the district make him a prime candidate to fill the position, should the board see fit.
“This is my career choice, it's what I've gone to school for,” Troy said. “If I could serve the district in that capacity, I'd be more than happy to do that.”
He was quick to point out that previously, he has recused himself from any board discussions the board about the open position, in order to avoid a conflict of interest.
“I can't be a part of the discussion of the business manager position, that would be unethical,” Troy said.
Troy added that he wants to avoid any appearance of favoritism from the board and that he will submit to the entire application process, should the board choose to consider him for the open position.