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District 428 votes to hire new principal, third school resource officer

DeKALB – Tyler Elementary School is getting a new principal thanks to a unanimous vote Tuesday by the DeKalb School District 428 Board.

The board voted, 7-0, Tuesday to appoint Robyn Timmerman as principal for Tyler Elementary School. Timmerman will earn a salary of $80,500, according to agenda documents. Former Principal Lissette Jacobson left the district at the end of the 2018-19 school year to be a principal in another district, District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven said.

Timmerman will be transitioning from her role as assistant principal for Founders Elementary, and she said she is excited to continue serving in DeKalb schools.

“I’m just thankful and really grateful for the opportunity,” Timmerman said during the meeting. “I got to spend the day [at Tyler] today in the beautiful building. I got to meet a lot of staff, and had an opportunity to really take everything in. I’m even more excited after today.”

Nacolia Stallings also was appointed the new Assistant Principal at Clinton Rosette Middle School and will earn a salary of $77,700, agenda documents show.

The board also voted unanimously to appoint a third school resource officer, which will cost the district $124,360, the agenda shows.

Board member Jeromy Olson asked Cravenon on June 4 to speak with interim DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo about the matter, to diversify the SROs in the district.

District 428 has two SROs, one for DeKalb High School, Officer Aaron Lockhart, and one who operates between Huntley Middle School and Clinton Rosette Middle School, Officer Chris Sullivan. Craven said the third would be able to assist and be on hand at the elementary schools.

Through documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, former DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said he would recommend the district follow past practices to identify interested officers within the police department, have them submit their qualifications and participate in an interview process which would include district officials.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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