Supt. gets two-year extension

Coming off a glowing performance review, Superintendent Lou Cavallo was awarded a two-year contract extension this month by the District 91 school board. The new agreement also includes a pay increase. Cavallo is currently paid a base salary of $165,000, according to the Forest Park school district. As part of the extension, his pay will increase 5.5 percent to $173, 250.

Cavallo said he was most pleased by the two-year commitment from the board, which he said will allow the schools to continue implementing new curriculums and improving efficiencies. He was hired in 2007. Cavallo said he requested not to receive a pay increase during his initial contract so that the money could be used to compensate other administrators and fund classroom initiatives.

Applicants to discuss top job

Interviews for the vacant village administrator’s post began May 9 and are scheduled to continue later this month during another round of weekend meetings.

Three members of the village council, Mayor Anthony Calderone, Commissioner Marty Tellalian and Commissioner Mike Curry, met at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to begin interviewing job applicants. According to council members, nine applicants for Forest Park’s top job were invited for face-to-face talks. Following another batch of interviews May 23, the three members of the council will decide which applicants deserve a second interview with all five elected officials. From that smaller pool, a new village administrator is expected to be chosen.

The village administrator’s position was vacated by Mike Sturino in January. He first joined Forest Park in 2005. Since his departure, council members have grappled with possible changes to the job description, and all have agreed that a reduction in the salary is needed.