Two More Administrators Exiting District 308
Angie Smith, director of business services, and Eric Koranda, dean at Oswego High School, are moving on to other districts.
Angie Smith, District 308’s director of business services, is headed to Plainfield Consolidated Unit School District 202 to serve as assistant superintendent for business and operations. The Plainfield school board hired Smith on Monday. Her last day in Oswego will be June 30.
Smith joined District 308 in 2009 as the finance manager before being promoted in 2011 to her current position. With the new job, she assumed responsibilities for the district’s transportation department, food service, liability insurance and purchasing programs. Smith is also a board member for the West Aurora School District.
“Angie has been an integral partner in our finance and business operations,” said Superintendent Dan O’Donnell. “Her ability to negotiate lower prices from vendors and find great deals has been critical to balancing our budgets. Her expertise also helped transform our transportation department. Our loss is Plainfield 202’s gain and we wish Angie well in this next phase of her career.”
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Angie for her assistance, support and dedication to the district over the past three years,” said District 308 School Board President Bill Walsh. “We wish Angie the best as she transitions to her new role.”
Eric Koranda, Oswego East High School dean, has also handed in his resignation. He has accepted an assistant principal position at Fenton Community High School District 100 in Bensenville.
Koranda has been with District 308 as an OEHS dean since 2007, and also coordinates the district’s F.I.R.S.T. robotics program. He previously worked for six years at Morton West High School in J. Sterling Morton High School District 201.
“Eric had a ready smile and a helping hand for students as a dean at East,” O’Donnell said. “We know he will be just as successful in his role as an assistant principal in his new district. We wish him continued success.”
Smith’s departure is the latest in a line of top administrator exits that began with Assistant Superintendent for Administration Todd Colvin’s resignation in January. He was followed by O’Donnell and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Tim Neubauer, along with Thompson Junior High Principal Tracy Murphy, Long Beach Elementary School Principal Kevin Lipke, and Brokaw Early Learning Center Principal Jeff Modaff.
In April, the District 308 Board hired Paul O’Malley to replace Neubauer, and last month signed a contract with former Ankeny, Iowa superintendent Matthew Wendt to step into the top spot in Oswego. This month, the board approved Shannon Leuders as Thompson’s new principal, and hired Christine Smith to lead Long Beach.
And on Monday, the board promoted Andrew McCree as the new principal at Brokaw, and agreed to enter into negotiations with an unknown candidate to take over Colvin’s duties as executive director of administrative services. A final decision is expected on that by Thursday.