D86 hires new human resources director

A former Hinsdale Central teacher will be the new assistant superintendent for human resources in Hinsdale High School District 86.

“It feels like my whole career has brought me to this moment,” Cheryl Moore said Feb. 11 after the board voted 7-0 to appoint her to the position effective July 1.

“I started teaching at Hinsdale Central right out of college,” she added. “It’s probably the best job I ever had and certainly the best time of my life.”

Moore said she moved out of the state for personal reasons and then moved out of teaching and into human resources, discovering she enjoyed working with adults.

“I’ve never lost my passion for being in schools,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be back here.”

Moore has worked in public education for the last 11 years. She is currently director of human resources for Community High School District 94 in West Chicago. Prior to that she was the director of human resources for Naperville Community Unit District 203. She also worked for eight years in the private sector, spending five as the assistant director of human resources for Ernst & Young LLP in Chicago and three as the senior human resources administrator for the Harris Corp. in California.

She said she knows the board has high expectations for its administrators and is confident she can meet them. She also complimented the district on its strategic plan.

“I love that you have one whole pillar toward work environment,” she said. “Many school districts forget that there’s actually adults in the district.”

She also cited the commitment to equity as something that is important to her.

“I really look forward to the opportunity to partner with the great work that’s being done already,” she said.

Superintendent Tammy Prentiss congratulated Moore in a press release.

“I believe her exemplary qualifications and wealth of experience will aid the continued development and success of our employees, while also helping us achieve important goals such as the recruitment and retention of a diverse staff that more closely reflects our school community,” she stated.

Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from Northwestern University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and a master’s in education and a chief school business official endorsement from Northern Illinois University.

The board approved a three-year contract with a starting base salary of $160,000.

Board President Kevin Camden also thanked Mary Dudek for filling in on an interim basis since July after former chief human resources officer Domenico Maniscalco resigned in June.

“In a good year, it was a difficult job,” Camden told Dudek. “In a disruptor year, it was yeoman’s work, and you did an outstanding job.”

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean