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New D46 Finance Officer Gets Down To Business

Anna Kasprzyk, the district's fifth business manager in three years, presented the 2011 proposed tax levy during this week's board meeting.

Anna Kasprzyk, ’s newest business manager, made her public debut this week's board meeting to present the proposed 2011 tax levy.

Kasprzyk, who had worked three years for the district as a finance coordinator at a salary of $55,000 per year, was hired last month by a 4-3 vote. Board members Michael Carbone, Kip Evans and Shannon Smigielski voted against the hiring. Carbone said he had no comment about his “no” vote, and Evans and Smigielski could not be reached for comment.

Kasprzyk’s new salary is $96,000 per year.

Superintendent Ellen Correll told Patch, “Given the fact that Anna has worked with the district for three years, she brings history and consistency to the position. We don't have to start at square one.”

Kasprzyk is the district’s fifth chief financial business officer in three years.

After Brad Goldstein resigned to take another position, he was replaced by Edward Towle in April 2010. Towle was fired a month later after it was discovered he failed to disclose he was on administrative leave from his former position with the Deer Brown school district in Milwaukee. Towle since has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against .

District 46 then hired David Tylavsky. After eight months on the job, he resigned in March 2011 for unknown reasons, though district officials have alluded to a lack of experience.

Todd Covault, who was hired in July to replace Tylavsky, resigned after about two months to accept a similar position in another district. Retired business manager Victor Berner then stepped in to serve as interim business manager after his departure.

Levy Proposed

On Wednesday, Kasprzyk got down to business by presenting the proposed tax levy for 2011.

Kasprzyk suggested the district levy $31.9 million, an increase of $1.4 million or 4.64 percent over 2010. The reason for the increase, said Kasprzyk, is that expenditures are rising across the board, and state and federal revenues are decreasing or being eliminated. For example, Kasprzyk said the district’s general state aid is expected to drop 5 percent in fiscal 2012.

The district’s finance committee will review the proposed 2011 levy at its Nov. 9 meeting. The final levy will be presented to the board for approval on Dec. 16.

Audit

In other business, auditor Shelley Casella-Dercole from the McHenry firm Eder, Casella and Co., presented the district’s 2011 audit.

received an overall score of 3.25 out of 4, placing it in the Illinois State Board of Education’s “Review” category. The highest category is “Recognition,” followed by “Review,” “Warning” and the lowest, “Watch.”

Last year, received a higher score of 3.7 points out of 4.

One of the biggest issues that Casella-Dercole pointed out was the number of activity funds carrying a negative balance — there were 21 as of June 30. These funds should be reviewed and closed if there is no activity, she said. Correll stated the district already had begun that correction process.

The audit also revealed that needed more internal control documentation, particularly a policy and procedures manual. Casella-Dercole also suggested the district review its system for preparing checks, because the person who prepares them is not always the person who signs them. Correll said the district now has a password-protected process to correct this.

D46 Parent November 07, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Mr. Carbone's refusal to offer comment explaining his vote is less than transparent.
Sully November 07, 2011 at 01:35 PM
I'm not clear on what you're alluding to, Parent. I am no fan of Carbone, but I'm also not thrilled with this hire.
HM November 07, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I wish Ms. Kasprzyk all the best, and hope she does a great job. What concerns me about this is that she has been there for three years, and was not considered up to the job throughout all of the comings and goings of the previous managers. I am afraid this is not a "first choice", but rather more of a candidate we are forced to settle on because of the antics that will undoubtedly scare away any other qualified candidates. I do not know enough about this person to say for sure, but I can't help but believe that if she were an outstanding candidate for the job, she would have been chosen before.
D46 Parent November 07, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I'm not alluding to anything. It was an observation on Mr. Carbone's willingness to be transparent and explain his vote to the taxpayers when asked. Just that.
Brad Faxton November 07, 2011 at 02:34 PM
"Board members Michael Carbone, Kip Evans and Shannon Smigielski voted against the hiring." Known as the "group of NO", these three need to get out of dodge. Amen for an increased levy. I am very curious to see how they vote on this increase.
Sully November 07, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Ahh, okay. Just wasn't sure.
Sully November 07, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Brad, on this one I share the concerns of HM, and actually have another undisclosed concern. But hopefully, this will work out.
HM November 07, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Brad - my opinion has nothing to do with the "group of no". Ms. Kasprzyk was around long before them, and was not in the running for the job. Any time someone is promoted to a job that is double their salary, and they are the fifth one to get the job in 3 years. that is a HUGE red flag. For me, it's nothing personal - the facts of the case just don't look quite right.
Brad Faxton November 07, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Sure hope the 'board' doesn't use their influence to errant 'guide' her. Going from a 50k/yr job to 100k/yr is a HUGE leap. I'm sure she hasn't been in this type of a position - but hope hopefully, the OTJ experience and I'm hoping a feisty demeanor will be the right recipe to make her successful. who know.....
Nightcrawler November 07, 2011 at 10:13 PM
"Undisclosed" concern? By all means, disclose. As for HM's concern, the assumption seems to be that Anna made herself a candidate at some previous time. Are you sure that's the case? Personally, I think this is a good hire.
Sully November 08, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Sorry Crawler- no more comments beyond what I already said. I hope she works out wonderfully. I will say however, I have a problem in general with so many higher level positions being filled from within the district rather than finding someone from outside. Yes, they may know D46, but does that make them more qualified? In my opinion, no, not in all cases.
D46 Resident November 08, 2011 at 01:41 AM
OH Yeah! Let's raise the levy again! Are they sure they don't want to raise it more? I mean, I personally would be happy to give all of my food budget for the school. What on earth could be more important? After all, the teachers and all the bureaucracy need their built in raises that no one in the public sector gets. Please, take my gas money too!
Sully November 08, 2011 at 02:10 AM
So teachers don't deserve to get paid a decent wage? Students don't deserve better than adequate resources? Crumbling infrastructure shouldn't be fixed? Why don't we just put 60-70 kids in a class and have them share text books? And who needs up to date technology? Why spend any money on our future? Doesn't affect YOU any, right? If you don't want to pay more, how about going to the politicians who keep cutting funding for education and keep reducing taxes on businesses so you end up paying more.
D46 Resident November 09, 2011 at 01:37 AM
God, you're such a drama queen. Get a life, just keep your paws out of my wallet, along with the greedy school unions.
Sully November 09, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Oh wait- let me get out my tiny violin! Sounds like you're the one without a life. It's all about you, isn't it? "Get off my lawn, you rotten kids!", right? Your life is tough so why shouldn't everyone else's be too? Gee, that's fair.
Terri November 09, 2011 at 01:17 PM
What does a teacher make?
Nightcrawler November 09, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Check this link: http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com/illinois/teacher-salary-in-grayslake-community-consolidated-school-district-46/
Terri November 09, 2011 at 01:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU I like this one better...
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Editor's Note: A few comments were removed because they contained swear words. Please keep it clean. Thanks.

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