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Six named to school administrator positions
by Natalie Stevens

8/7/2014

Six new administrators recently joined the Oswego School District to fill positions vacated by resignations earlier this summer.

The secondary education department is seeing several changes for the upcoming school year, with current Plank Junior High School Principal Jamie Max stepping into the role of director of secondary education. He replaces Edsel Clark, who joined the district last year and recently took the position of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Los Altos School District in California.

Max, an Oswego resident, has served as principal of Plank since 2012 and previously served as principal at Mountain Rose Academy in Tucson, Ariz., from 2006 to 2008. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in 1999 and taught until 2004.

He has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers University.

"Jamie's promotion from within is a great example of our hiring strategy coming into fruition," Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt said. "He is a talented administrator with a wealth of experience. We wish him the best in his new role in teaching and learning, and we are excited to see all that he can accomplish as one of our directors and members of the leadership team."

Max's base salary is $106,000 and including TRS (Teacher Retirement System) contribution is $116,997.82

Also joining the secondary education team is Naperville resident Julie Lam in the position of assistant director of secondary education. Lam replaces Michael Purcell, who accepted the position of Director of Educational Services (Grades) 6-12 in Kaneland School District 302.

Lam previously served as an educator at the Institute of Quality Science Teaching and Learning at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She worked with the Museum since 2011 in the additional role as senior coordinator for guest experiences and has also worked as a science teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Maine East High School, in Park Ridge and Downers Grove North High School.

She has a bachelor's degree in biology from Chicago's Loyola University and a master's in general biology for teachers from the University of Arizona. She earned a general administrative K-12 endorsement from Lewis University.

"I am pleased to bring in someone with as diverse a teaching background as Julie has," said Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Judith Minor. "The students in School District 308 will greatly benefit from her expertise and experience as a science educator."

Lam's base salary is $69,000 and including TRS contribution her overall salary is $76,158.96.

There will also be two new assistant principals joining the Oswego East High School team.

Streator resident Laura Pastirik Bankowski will take on the role of assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Oswego East High School, replacing William Dwyer, who accepted a position in West Aurora School District 129.

Bankowski currently serves as the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Ottawa Township High School, in Ottawa, a role she has filled since 2007.

During her time in Ottawa, Bankowski worked with her district's board of education and superintendent to develop a long-range plan for effective educational programming. She also researched, developed and recommended educational goals, curriculum, instruction and programs consistent with her district's philosophies and state standards.

"Laura comes to School District 308 as an extremely experienced and qualified administrator," said Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. John Sparlin. "We are highly confident based on her previous experience as an assistant principal that she will do an outstanding job at Oswego East High School."

Bankowski has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in educational administration from Central Michigan University.

Her base salary with Oswego is $86,000 and with the district's TRS contribution her overall salary is $94,922.76.

The second assistant principal will be a familiar face as current OEHS Dean of Students Dan Durbin takes on the role of assistant principal for operations. He replaces James Seput, who resigned.

The Aurora resident served as the dean of students since 2012, where he oversaw student discipline, attendance, the handbook, and other processes. Between 2005 and 2012 he taught physical education and social studies at Thompson Junior High School.

Durbin has a bachelor's degree in health education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a master's degree in school leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.

"I am very pleased that the committee chose Mr. Durbin to serve in this position," said Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. John Sparlin. "Dan has a strong background. He is already familiar with the district and the building, and he is an excellent choice for ensuring that we continue to provide our students with a world-class education."

Durbin's base salary is $74,000 and including the TRS contribution his salary is $81,677.72.

Oswego High School will see two new deans this fall, one of which will be a familiar face to OHS students.

Since 2011, Woodridge resident Melissa Calvert served as a Spanish teacher at Oswego High and previously worked as a Spanish teacher at Plainfield Central High School. She has a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in foreign language education from Illinois State University.

She replaces Kevin Schnable, who was named as principal of McCarty Elementary School in Indian Prairie School District #204.

Calvert's base salary is: $59,500 and with TRS contribution her salary is $65,673.30.

Yorkville resident Dave Jones is the other new dean to OHS, replacing Joe Sweeney who resigned earlier in the year.

Jones served as assistant principal and dean of students at Batavia High School since July 2005 and previously worked as an English teacher at Waubonsie Valley High School from 1998 until 2005. He has a master's in educational leadership from Aurora University and is expected to complete a doctorate degree from Aurora later this year.

Jones' base salary is: $71,000 and including TRS contribution his salary is $78,366.46.

"We are excited to have both Dave and Melissa join the Oswego High School administrative team," said Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. John Sparlin. "Both have varied backgrounds and experiences that will serve them well in their new positions."

The duties of the new deans include overseeing and resolving matters related to attendance and discipline and they will also collaborate with counselors, social workers, teachers, and other staff to encourage positive behavior.




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