D159 Board to Vote on Hiring Troy as New Business Manager

John Troy, the former Mokena District 159 board president, resigned in July to pursue the district's business manager position. Now, the board will decide Wednesday whether to hire him.

The board will vote Wednesday to hire former Board President John Troy as the district's new business manager, according to the agenda for the board's Sept. 5 meeting.

If the hiring is approved, Troy will begin work immediately, and his $68,000 annual salary will be prorated, according to district documents.

The district has been without a business manager since the end of July after , citing personal and professional reasons.

Troy has been vocal about his interest in the post, telling Patch that the business manager position was an ideal match for his skills. On July 23, , which he had been on since 2009 and had been president of since 2011, and submitted his application for business manager.

Troy was not required to resign from the board in order to be hired on as business manager, but he stated in his resignation letter that he did so to avoid any conflicts of interest.

“I have decided that in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety I am resigning today concurrent with submitting my application,” Troy wrote.

Here is a quick look at some of Troy's professional background:

  • Since 2005, he's been the co-founder, chief executive and general counsel at Ashford Glen Realty in Tinley Park, which is a real-estate management company that provides investment and management services for apartment and condo buildings.
  • He's currently enrolled at Northern Illinois University where he's working to earn certification as a chief school business official.
  • Troy was elected to a four-year term on the D159 board in April 2009. He was voted as president of the board in 2011 and re-elected in 2012.

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R.W.Voter September 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I think that it would be a wise decision to vote Yes to Mr. Troy getting the position. He has been on the board and has worked with the school personnel in a professional capacity. They now have a balanced budget, that is good, but it is time to reduce spending and come in line with the community. Closing MIS is something that should be done as soon as possible. That would enable them to cut the staff and administrators and maybe sell the building. A start in the right direction, the intermediate school concept is a failure, it costs too much and doesn't benefit the students. Thank you and good luck Mr. Troy.
carole September 02, 2012 at 01:07 PM
My preference is that the candidate would have more experience in the Public School System.,or at least some. I gather that this position has not been a walk in the park for others that had some experience. Why are we not getting qualified applicants? Is it the salary? I would encourage the School Board to make a careful decision as we could use experienced Managers due to our situation. I don't know Mr. Troy but am shocked that we didn't have more applicants with experience. I'm not sure that "knowing that Mokena has no money" is a qualification.
C. Martinez September 02, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I am hopeful that Mr. John Troy will do a great job as the business manager. But FYI: This position was "supposedly" briefly posted on an educational job site. It has never been posted on the district/school's websites and any other job websites and it has never been publicly announced. So I do not know how many candidates applied for this position, but I don't think it was a lot. Be that as it may, I am hopeful that the school board made the right unbiased decision and that Mr. John Troy will do a great job. I would encourage parents and community members to come out to the next school board meeting and support the school board in making the best decisions for our kids, teachers, schools and community. Some people want to grumble and make negative and sometimes vulgar comments that are completely pointless and a waste of time. This isn't going to bring our community together, it's just tearing it apart. So parents and community members: let's show up to the board meetings, email the board, talk to the board, talk to other parents, administration and support positive change. Let's encourage the board to be accountable, responsible and to always do the right thing. I know some people have been very consistent in attending the school board meetings, and I applaud and thank these parents and community members for doing so. But we seriously need more people to show up.
C. Martinez September 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Next school board meeting: Wednesday September 5th 7:00PM MES Band Room.
carole September 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I would be curious to know what the experience is in the other LW school districts. Maybe if the board reads these comments that they could give the input at the board mtng. They certainly know or know someone that could tell them that is on the area boards. I like you noticed that this was not as advertised and wondered why. I am sure that will be addressed at the meeting. I know that if I were on that board I would ask that question. Sometimes saving money on a salary is like shooting yourself in the foot. We are already "doomed" in many areas. Let's not set ourselves up to fail due to inexperience. We can't afford on the job training with "what is at stake. Let's give this guy a fair chance when he qualifies along with the others and out of many,many rates at the top. Why does this have to be done so soon? I agree we should go to the board mtng and respect the board. I'm glad you can go but I still feel the board needs to do a little research on this position.
R.W.Voter September 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Seems hard to keep this position filled, the last two quit, maybe if we put in Mr. Troy, he can at least tell us what the problem is. Thank you.
john Q Adams September 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Courage: a good example for the students! Just my 2 cents, Turnover of past business managers. It seems to me that the “experience” or the musical chairs of business managers from district to district impedes new thoughts, new ideas, and promotes the “experienced status quo, old way”. The financial pressures on ALL districts are demanding change in the old ways. What does that mean? Do we all realize the old ways have brought us to deficits? (State NOT entirely at fault). Approximately 75 cents of every dollar the district taxes you, goes to SALARIES. The remaining 25 cents is divided to operations and then of course “the students needs”. More concern about the “experienced old ways”, why in the world would ANY business manager tender the board, a proposed DEFICIT budget? Unfortunately all the “old experienced managers” did exactly that and with no appreciable, measurable increase to the “students” educational experience. Let’s be sure this is not a bash on teachers’ salaries, those are factored in by the three year contracts and not an issue in annual increased spending deficits, to a degree. cut do to word count, see "continued" next
john Q Adams September 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Continued: COURAGE! There is a mention to do more investigation, research prior to hiring. I am aware that the CSBO (chief school bus off) organization has weighed in along with Northern Illinois Univ. Long story short, there is a mandate by the Illinois School organizations to EXPEDITE, certification of more private business experienced people to get them in the ranks at the districts due to the changing economic environment. NIU, States there are easily a dozen such people already in positions at districts. So I believe the district has turned over this issue many times to find best result for the District and the community. By the way, it might be good a candidate has a “vested” interest in his district both by living in it (as past mgr did not) AND having a child in the school. That may be the best balance yet! Not to mention the mutually agreed reduction in salary. Let’s be clear, I understand the salary was agreed to AFTER the interviews so it was NOT a factor in process. However it is great to see that “placeholder” anticipated $100,000 earmark for salary of business manager, reduced to 68,000. Is this about Passion, not Pay? Wow! There are a full seven votes on the board, let’s see what the majority see, want, recommend? Come to the meetings!!!! The board is voted in to REPRESENT YOU!
carole September 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
From what I have been told about this position is that it is far more that spreadsheets. I'm sure that it was negotiated to the lower salary due to lack of experience. Mr. Troy is well aware of that. Cheap is not always better nor is lack of experience. My question to the board was why did we have so few apply (15) and why wasn't it advertised on all of the school websites ? Maybe there is a reason? I would just like to see the boared address that. There is more to this than the job description. Having known a Business Manager in the public schools there is a lot more involved than is being portrayed. Mokena needs the best and not on the job training. Living in the district is a plus ...maybe. Shall we look at Chicago where the employees must live in the district. Not comparable! This is up to the board.
john Q Adams September 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
WOW, very biased but everyone has opinion. Dist 210 experience NIU approval, CSBO approval, why would one ASSUME salary was due to experience and NOT passion for job , for serving community as that seems far more likely due to his history. Look at chicago , seems to me we were told that at referendum time, in any event, only 25% of the employed at district live in the district and have any vested interest in tax rates.. Spreadsheets , hmm, practicing attorney, accomplished business manager (private) more scholastic degrees than any other candidate. Hmm seems a bit , well , not positive and objective, again the LAST thing we need are status quo re treads passed around from district to district. Just my humble opinion If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking
carole September 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
John Q...you are missing the point and I'm not sure you will get it as it is so obvious. I would wonder why you think he has more scholastic degrees than anyone that applied. I'm not sure that is true. It is not the degrees it is the EXPERIENCE! Interesting that you close with the same phrase that Markum used. When you are at the board meeting see if anyone knows what the job description is for this position and of course you know that is just scratching the surface but I'm sure Mr. Troy knows it ALL. I don't know Mr. Troy but I would be against hiring anyone with as little experience as he has. But he's CHEAP...and to some that is all that matters!
john Q Adams September 04, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Well markum is president of the board so i figure it is a good source and succinct phrases.... wow should we not support our district, not say anything that they may say? the point is you assume cheap, when the point is , teaching , serving the community in the district is , was , should again be a passion not a focus on how much can one make! Lets pay him more, is that your point? experience you keep talking about experience, were not all the quitters, former business managers experienced? How did that work out for the community/district... got us where we are, i am thinking. So experience equates to knowing and following the status quo. Status quo , is NOT preferrrable in forging new accountability and refocusing all spending, to how every spend directly improves the "children" educational effort. cut due to word count see "contd".
john Q Adams September 04, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Continued Ok. i know you think you are right, as do we all. So let’s agree that, I do not agree with your CHEAP and Experience chatter, I do believe in the fact we have a new school board that has accomplished more than the old board in a very short time, they are smart and they are decisive., and they are not paid ANYTHING, so I guess they too are cheap.. Please go to meetings voice yourself if you like , after all it is for the community, the children. By the way, don’t disregard the scholastic degrees Mr. Troy has , as that is what the '"experienced" applicants hang their hat on to a large degree. Here is an interesting thought: Good judgment comes from diligence. Experience comes from bad judgment
R.W.Voter September 04, 2012 at 09:09 PM
John Q, Thank you, thank you. I think that a lot of these entrenched experienced Business Managers are just the ones who always go along with the School Administrators and they have pushed us into the financial fix we are in. A balanced budget is good, but we need to reduce the budget , because revenues are decreasing and the student body is shrinking. It is these same experienced people who jumped the gun and gave us the big white elephant (MJHS) a building which we didn't need. The same experienced people at Lincoln-way gave us two new high schools, which are now only partially occupied and will remain as such. A business manager with sound business experience is a valuable asset and should not be taken for granted. My opinoin from the start is that Mr. Troy is a very capable person and I would vote for him if I was on the board. Thank you.
carole September 04, 2012 at 09:50 PM
You missed the boat again. Why don't we all volunteer. I'm sure we are wonderful people. Maybe the last Business Managers resigned for other reasons. I'll keep it short but maybe lack of supervision, lack of funds, lack of knowledge(there is a good one)Interesting how you think the others didn't know what they were doing but you think Mr. Troy will. Many people get in over their head and are overwhelmed which causes them to leave. This is not a "walk in the park" position.Actually I am shocked that Northern does not require an internship as other universities do. And maybe they do. Maybe we are getting a paid internship position. Such a deal. He may be a great guy,educated with multiple degrees,can he do the job? I don't know but I am glad that you two are not on the board and there is a reason for that,isn't there?
R.W.Voter September 05, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I must say, you are one of the most ignorant people on this site. You apparently think that no one knows anything except you. We all have a right to our opinion, even you. You never pass up an opportunity to throw some goofy remark or something related to someones intelligence or their right to speak their peace. I just file your comments into the ignorant file. and I won't say thank you.
carole September 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
You know,RW when all one refers to is the almighty dollar when talking about such an important position I have to assume that you are in over your head. It seems as if I would require more of the lawn maintenance (he is a nice guy also)man. I would want him to have some experience other than what a lawn mower looks like. You may consider my remarks goofy and I am sorry that you can't comprehend that I would want to have an experienced person to give Mokena as much help as they need to save and create ways to give a better education within the means that we need to stay in. Not an easy job! I will say RW ,just to point out that you are the one calling someone names and you don't have to say "thank you". Take your time and research this position more or at least some.
Johnny on the spot September 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Carole, Your way off base here are you the same Carol who preaches the pro ref and how good it will be to raise my taxes so the kids could have the extra's ??? I'm all about supporting the kids but in the real world obvious which your not apart part of any Business manager position is to have Knowledge which Troy has plenty of. Troy is the most down to earth person in the district just sit and talk with him for a few minutes he has a million ideas to benefit everyone and Carole the last thing I heard from you was, the schools would never survive another day without a Referendum ............Hummmmmmm.......... Looks like being in the black is not too far away .Troy has spent numerous hours of his own time over at Lincoln Way learning the ropes from them as well Oh look they have balanced budget too . Troy you will do fine here in Mokena Welcome and thank you for what you already accomplished
carole September 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
No, Johnny ots ,I am not the one who pushed for the referendum. I wish Mr. Troy the best. I have said before that we should not set ourselves up to fail. He is doing exactly what he needs to do. Spending time and being educated in the school system itself. Oh, and what makes you think his inexperience will put us in the black. I bet he is not taking pointers from a newbie which is what I suggested in the first place. Mr Johnny on the spot hold on to your chair as you will see quite a salary increase in this position. As should be for a qualified business manager. I'm sure he will do a good job and I want you to be ready to pay him for it. He will deserve it.
Johnny on the spot September 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM
According to the last few months meetings and Listening to Pat Markham the district is heading towards the black and as I have done research on this it seems within 12 months that is gonna happen a first time in more then 15 years .I would rather pay a few extra dollars a week for the quality he has brought to the district then to look back and see where we were headed !!!!!!! Troy deserves doubles what he makes he led this district to a point where he addressed the taxpayers concern led the community to see the light at the end of the tunnel .I hope Moore and Peters resign as they want to spend ,spend, spend and no bang for the buck .
Johnny on the spot September 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
R.W. Voter right on keep the faith
Johnny on the spot September 19, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Carole I'm sorry you were or are the PTA lady then right ????
carole September 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Sorry...no. There are more than 2 Carols,Caroles. But I am glad to hear that you will be glad to pay for good production which I am hoping is from Mr. Troy. I'm hoping that he will be able to hook onto someone in an Elementary setting as that is where his position is. Anyone in this position is a miracle worker if they are doing their job and are aware of the regulations that effect the school.


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