CALUMET CITY | Currently completing his eighth year as superintendent of Calumet City Elementary District 155, Troy Paraday will begin working under a new five-year contract July 1.
Board President Stanley Long said the district's financial shape began to improve not long after Paraday started his tenure.
"When we hired him, the district was in the red," Long said. "The district is not real rich, but we're not in the red."
Long said Paraday's new contract will afford him the opportunity to retire in the district.
Paraday said technological advancements have been made during his time with the district, including the introduction of Smart Boards into every classroom.
"We have also added a lot of security, which is there to protect both students and staff," Paraday said.
Paraday's annual salary will be $185,000, which is the same amount he is making under his current contract.
Five-year contracts that also begin July 1 have been awarded to William Manuszak, director of buildings and grounds, and James Crull, who serves as director of security and as a resource officer at Wentworth Junior High School.
Both will continue at their annual salaries of $88,472 and $82,170, respectively.
Five-year contracts were also recently awarded to Dwight Crull, resource officer at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School; Sharon Eveland, food service coordinator; Mary Valle, assistant to the director of buildings and grounds; and Thomas Zielinski, resource officer at Wentworth Intermediate School.
Ermetra Olawumi has received a one-year contract to continue as principal at Wentworth Junior High School.