BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington District 87 school board on Wednesday night approved hiring two assistant superintendents and heard a report on summer school opportunities, which will include a repeat of this year's popular STEM camp.
Colin Manahan, the district's director of facilities management for the last 20 years, will become assistant superintendent of operations on July 1 with the retirement of David Wood, the district's chief financial and legal officer.
Diane Wolf, who has been assistant regional superintendent of schools for the last five years, will become assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction on July 1, succeeding the retiring Cindy Helmers. Wolf started her career in District 87 and has been in the education field for 23 years.
Manahan and Wolf each will be paid annual salaries of $135,000 under contracts that run through June 30, 2021. Each will be eligible for changes in salary determined by the superintendent and board after annual performance reviews.
STEM Camp for incoming kindergartners through fifth-graders will be Aug. 6 to 10 at Sheridan Elementary School. The cost will be $50 per student, but scholarships will be available.
When the camp was first offered this year to teach students about science, technology, engineering and math, the district was expecting about 240 students but about 400 students attended.
New this summer will be Camp Mustang for incoming kindergartners through second-graders at Irving Elementary School who are in need of early intervention in math and reading. The instruction will be provided in a “camp-style, fun kind of way,” said Helmers.
The June 4-8 camp will be funded by a Title I grant.
Other summer school offerings will include credit recovery and extension courses June 4 to 29 at Bloomington Junior High School and Bloomington High School. Tuition is $250 per course.
A transition program for incoming freshmen called Raiders 101 and one for students moving into sixth grade called UKnighted also will be offered again. Also to be offered again is an extended school year program for students receiving special education services whose individualized education plans indicate the need for additional support beyond the regular school year.
All summer school programs are funded through grants or tuition or are required by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The board also approved a $44.5 million levy, which was discussed at its October meeting. Based on an assumed increase of 2 percent in the district's property tax base, the overall tax rate would drop about 2 cents to $5.12 per $100 equalized assessed valuation.