DeKALB – A Jacksonville man will take over human resource duties at DeKalb School District 428, making him the latest of the new additions to the district's senior administration.
The District 428 school board hired Jim Bormann on Tuesday as its human resource director . When he starts July 1, his annual salary will be $120,000.
He said an abundance of research led to his decision to apply for the job in DeKalb. He was intrigued by the positive things going on in the district, but also said he thrives when he faces a challenge.
“I could see there are good things happening in DeKalb,” Bormann said. “They're making differences in the lives of kids and that's where I want to see my career.”
Bormann holds a master's degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in public sector labor relations from the University of Illinois in Springfield.
For the past two years, he's worked as the human resource director for Passavant Area Hospital in downstate Jacksonville. Before that, he was the human resource director for Jacksonville School District 117 for five years. From 1986-2008 he worked for the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Bormann will replace Connie Rohlman, who has been the district's human resource director for the past two years. Rohlman will be returning Malta Elementary School as the principal, a position she held before joining the district's administration.
Bormann is one of three people hired as a director at the district since Doug Moeller became superintendent after former Superintendent Jim Briscoe's retirement this summer.
The district eliminated Moeller's former position as assistant superintendent of curriculum and student services to make room for more positions devoted to curriculum, Moeller said.
Jennie Hueber, formerly assistant principal at DeKalb High School was hired as the director of curriculum; and Danielle Welch, who was the special education coordinator for Somonauk School District 432, was hired as the director of student services. The district also created and filled elementary curriculum coordinator and secondary curriculum coordinator positions.
"We knew we wanted to beef up curriculum," Moeller said. "We went from having one person to having three people devoted to curriculum."