D209 hires asst. superintendent of operations

Michael Tanner holds an MBA from Northwestern

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

During a regular meeting on Jan. 8, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board unanimously voted to approve an employment contract for Michael Tanner to become the district's new assistant superintendent of finance and operations.

The board voted on the contract as part of a consent agenda that included a range of other action items.

Tanner's performance-based contract runs from Jan. 7, 2019 through June 30, 2020. He'll receive a salary of $164,000. The board will pay "the entire contribution" on Tanner's behalf "to the Teachers' Retirement System ("TRS") of the State of Illinois from" that salary, according to the contract.

Tanner's responsibilities include serving on the district's leadership team as its chief financial officer and school treasurer, officials stated in district documents.

Tanner will oversee the administration of the district's budget process, provide financial plans for the district and work closely on construction projects in the district, among other functions.

Tanner comes to D209 from Fremont School District 79, where he served as associate superintendent for finance and operations.

He's also been a financial administrator for Glencoe School District 35, Prairie Grove School District 46 and Mascoutah District 19. He's been a contingency airlift director with the United States Air Force since 1997.

Tanner has bachelor's and master's degrees in natural resources management from Southern Illinois University and Michigan State University, respectively; and an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Tanner replaces Todd Drafall, D209's former chief business officer who resigned last year.

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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