School Officials Approve New Wave of Teacher Hires

With enrollment trending upward, school officials hired three new teachers, including a Lake Bluff Elementary K4 teacher, and language arts teacher at Shorewood Intermediate School.

With district enrollment trends looking up, school officials moved to hire of three new teachers Tuesday night.

"We are seeing some pretty good enrollment trends," said Superintendent Martin Lexmond.

The new hires include:

  • Patricia Mandela, part-time K4 teacher
  • Benjamin Heupel, full-time language arts teacher
  • Sarah Milia, Spanish teacher

Lexmond said Mandela’s hire is enrollment driven, with Lake Bluff experiencing a boost in enrollment for junior and senior kindergarten

, including new theater teacher Joe King who take over Shorewood's renowned theater department in the wake of , and another eight Aug. 14. The .

The district is currently . A preliminary budget called for a salary of $110,000 salary and $35,700 benefits package for the position. Several principals currently share the role.

from Shorewood earlier this year. .

Shorewood expects to save $257,615 due to staff turnover.


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