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East Aurora hires consultants for review of curriculum

Updated: January 5, 2013 6:10AM

AURORA — The East Aurora School Board has hired a pair of outside consultants to conduct an audit of the district’s curriculum and instruction programs over the next several months.

Marion Hoyda, former assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and a retired superintendent from Tinley Park, has begun an audit of all subject areas of the district’s secondary programs.

Carol Sossong, a former assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Joliet Grade School District, similarly has begun an audit of the district’s elementary programs.

According to East Aurora Superintendent Jerome Roberts, a final report on the district’s successes as well as recommendations for improvement will be completed by March.

“Their work will involve every aspect of our educational programs and they will have free rein to meet with and talk with the staff,” Roberts said in an letter to district staff members.

Pending the audit’s completion, Roberts said all curriculum council meetings for the remainder of the school year have been cancelled.

“Once a comprehensive plan and re-examination of the role of the curriculum councils has been completed, they may be reinstated for the 2013/2014 academic school year,” he said.

District spokesman Clayton Muhammad said that in addition to the two curriculum consultants, the board has approved the hiring of a outside consultant to look over the business office. Late last month, Diana McCluskey resigned from her position as the district’s assistant director of business. The district will not replace McCluskey until next school year, but will use the consultant and current office staff to keep things under wraps.

Each of the three consultants will receive $650 per day. Curriculum consultants can work up to three days a week, and will be contracted with the district through mid-March, Muhammad said. The business consultant will help out twice a week, and will be around until a new business director is hired on at the district.

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