Meeting roundup

Hinsdale High School District 86

Among other business Jan. 28, board members

• voted 7-0 to approve a new five-year contract with SEIU, which represents 30 district employees who work in buildings and grounds, custodial and maintenance.

The agreement provides an average salary adjustment of 15.5 percent the first year, to make salaries more competitive with the market, Josh Stephenson, chief financial officer, said. After that, employees will receive an annual 1.8 percent increase. The contract is retroactive to June 2020, when the previous one expired.

• unanimously approved raises for administrators for the 2020-21 school year totaling $48,576. Salaries for the 21 individuals in 2020-21 will be almost $3.1 million.

• unanimously approved a lease for space at 361 Frontage Road in Burr Ridge to provide an additional 13,317 square feet to serve students who attend the district’s Transition Center.Annual rent over the course of the 10-year, seven month lease starts at about $246,000 for the 2021-22 school year and increases to about $306,000 for the 2030-31 school year. The Transition Center, which had 24 students when it opened in 2013, is expected to serve 130 to 140 individuals next year.

The programs currently offered in two rental spaces (Community Bank of Willowbrook and the KLM Lodge in Hinsdale) will be moved to the new location. The district-owned center near Hinsdale South will remain open.

Hinsdale Village Board

Among other business Tuesday, trustees:

• reviewed the 2021 appropriations ordinance totaling almost $58 million. The ordinance gives the board the legal authority to spend money and basically mirrors the budget. The line item for accounting services is higher than it is in the budget due to the retirement of the finance director (see below) and a contingency amount is included for each department. The item will be up for a vote at the board’s Feb. 16 meeting.

• listened as Village President Tom Cauley reported that all staff and patients at ManorCare in Hinsdale have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. The facility was hit hard early on, with 162 cases and 37 deaths reported last year and 53 new cases and four deaths reported in the past 28 days.

• congratulated Darrell Langlois, who is retiring from his position as finance director with the village and going to work as the assistant comptroller at Joliet Junior College. Alison Brothen, the assistant finance director, will serve as interim director until a replacement is found.

“I would sleep soundly knowing you are on the job,” said Trustee Jerry Hughes, chair of the administration and community affairs committee. “You are one of the most conscientious people I’ve worked with.

“We know that this path is really good for you personally,” he added. “They’re getting a really great person. We wish you the best.”