D159 Hires Troy as Director of Business Operations

The Mokena school board approved the hiring of former President John Troy as the district's new business manager during its Sept. 5 meeting.

In a 5-2 vote, the Board of Education approved the hiring of former Board President John Troy as its new director of business operations, effective immediately. July 23 in order to seek the business manager position after the previous director,

"I am excited and grateful for the votes of confidence for me, and I will work every day to earn their confidence," Troy said.


Troy is currently enrolled at Northern Illinois University in an expedited program to earn his Chief School Business Official Type 75 certificate, which he is expected to receive in the spring of 2013. He is a licensed attorney, and he has served as the chief executive and general counsel for Ashford Glen Realty in Tinley Park since he co-founded the real estate management company in 2005. He was elected to a four-year term on the D159 board in 2009, and was voted president in 2011 and re-elected in 2012 before his resignation.

He said he considers his three years on the board to be a positive experience that will benefit his work as the district's business manager.

"We should want people to come onto the board and to show their passion, and I think my passion and dedication has shown, not only to the board, but the community," Troy said. "I've demonstrated that, and I'll take that same passion and dedication to my service with this district."


Troy will earn a prorated salary of $68,000 through the length of his contract.

Board members Scott Peters and Katherine Moore were the only two to vote against the motion to hire Troy, citing concerns about his lack of experience in educational finance and the fact that he has not yet earned his Chief School Business Official certificate.

"I'm not taking anything away from Mr. Troy," Peters said. "He's a very intelligent person with a lot of business background, but I feel that our district, having a superintendent that has only been in this position for a year, I think we deserve somebody that has all their certifications and experience."

Peters also suggested that an interim business manager might better suit the district's needs.

"I understand that it's probably not the board's wish, so I will not try to amend the motion on that, but I do believe that our district deserves some experience in this position, so that we can help out Mr. Stein in his endeavors," Peters said.

Moore echoed Peters' concerns.

"It's a big deal for us to hire somebody who has no finance experience, and no accounting, and isn't certified, when we have a superintendent that we know is not very strong in the finance side," she said. "I think it's important for our district to have somebody strong in this role."


Board member Michael Ford addressed Peters' suggestion about an interim business manager by pointing out that the motion to hire Troy would be a one-year contract, at which point the board could re-evaluate Troy's performance and decide if it will commit to further employment.

Board President Patrick Markham appended an enthusiastic endorsement to his vote in favor of hiring Troy, praising his business experience and dedication to the district through previous board service.

"[Troy] has experience other applicants never had," Markham said. "This candidate actually has experience negotiating teacher contracts. This candidate has an in-depth knowledge of the district needs, the challenges, and the operation, hands-on, through his voluntary efforts… The candidate is actually a fully certified attorney. I find it incredible that he would be willing to devote his efforts to this job, and I can only define that as probably a passion."


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john Q Adams September 06, 2012 at 10:00 PM
As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it. It seems "rumors" can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. So here are some FACTS. The SKY IS NOT FALLING! Above comment says the School board is balancing budget by delaying expenses! Like BOOKS: 2013 APPROVED BUDGET "BOOKS" APPROVED in 2013 BUDGET WORKBOOKS-MES $111,000.00 WORKBOOKS-MIS $16,000.00 TEXTBOOKS-MES $86,000.00 TEXTBOOKS-MIS $5,800.00 WORKBOOKS-MJH $24,000.00 TEXTBOOKS-MJH $5,500.00 BOOKS-LEARNING CENTER/ME $1,000.00 BOOKS-LEARNING CENTER/MI $1,000.00 BOOKS-LEARNING CENTER/MJ $1,000.00 Total APPROVED in 2013 Budget $251,300.00 TECHNOLOGY Computer budget request Wireless $60,000 only one building Times Two More buildings? By the way the main reason for request is for software that will be coming in future, but that software is not yet even developed and available!!!! PS. schools are wireless now, of course some people don’t like to have to sign into different wireless routers as they change schools or rooms. Meanwhile parents still pay exhorbatent FEES for such things as riding on the bus! Continued next post
john Q Adams September 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Continued: Previous Business managers tired of squeezing turnips. Wow, i wondered what they did! No really there is NO reason to bash former employees. Previous Business Manager Lets not bash them. They believed they were doing status quo job tendering Multi-million dollar deficit budget wish lists. They did not know how to bid out purchasing contracts One bid came back recommending the current vendor at a HIGHER price than currently paying!! No more on that. RE: "some small goofy tax formula that increases taxes" Oh My. Do not downplay what you call a "goofy formula that still increases our taxes” The district gets nearly $400,000 a year in increased TAX Revenue from the Community, doesn’t sound like a "flat revenue stream” to me. Tax Levy revenues for the district increased about 34%, they went from about 11 Million in 2007 to over 14 million in 2012-13 In the same time period Enrollment went DOWN about 27% or more Roofs, buildings: Maintenance, no requests were made in budget , in fact It was mentioned in open meeting that the district needs to figure out what they can spend the $50,000 grant on this year, free money. Further, the Superintendent was asked a direct question, was this budget impeding any needed expenses relative to buildings maint? Response "NO, we are OK!" Run for the Board, Elections are open to all. But please no more of the "sky is falling ' propaganda.
Carrie Underwood September 07, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Mokena, my little Chicago. I remember a few months ago when Troy resigned so he could "apply" for the position, along with all the other "applicants". I thought "boy, I wish there was a bookie that would take my bet on weather-or-not Troy edges out the other vetted candidates for the position. The 60-seconds that this job was on the boards must be a new record. At least we can console ourselves with the "appearance of propriety". Do the parents of school-age kids REALLY want another "Good ole' Boy", or do they want someone who actually possesses the proper credentials at the time of application for the job? Maybe I'll go apply at Silver Cross for for a cardiac surgeon position and tell them "I'm enrolled in med school." According to Albert Einstein the definition of insanity is: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I personally don't know this guy and moved from Mokena because of the mediocre school system, but as the HR guy above said: If it smells like a fish, walks like a fish, well it MUST be fishy. Nobody is fooled by the Congrats comments or "he ran some successful businesses, give him a contract and see how he does". Same OLD Mokena thinking. cont.
Carrie Underwood September 07, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Now that I'm retired, I have more time to spend in town to see all those Muni M-lic plates filling up with free gas and carwashes while the rest of you work 2 jobs to make taxes. I see the Water works guys milking it, the parks guys snoozing in $45,000 pickup trucks, and Mokena's finest filling clipboards daily with the license plate info of every car that parks at the Metra lot. The only one pleased to see the patronage at -work is probably St. Mary's, as their enrollment will grow. Wi-fi for $60 grand for ONE building, my , oh, my. It must be nice to have a blank check.
cannon fodder September 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
You guys wondering the reason for the high turnover in Business Managers in D159 might find this information helpful: Besides this being the 4th business manager, since 2009 these schools have also gone through 8 principals, 7 assistant principals, two curriculum directors, and 3 student services directors. I will not even attempt to count the number of teachers who have left. To say that this kind of turnover is unheard of in the education field would be an incredible understatement. This is not a business manager specific issue that can be blamed on something being wrong with the finances. This is an issue with the entire district. I know that these problems were commonly blamed on the last superintendent. But she has been out of that job for over a year now, the problem is not abating. In fact it is accelerating. Wake up, Mokena.


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