District 102 Names New Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations
At the regular meeting held on April 6, the La Grange School District 102 Board of Education unanimously appointed Diana McCluskey as the new assistant superintendent for business operations, effective July 1. She will be taking the helm following the retirement of current financial chief Lauri Kearney.
McCluskey has extensive experience in financial resource management, special education funding, financial reporting and analysis and strategic planning. She has spent the last 10 years working in education, most recently as a certified public accountant (CPA) for the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) in Highland Park. Prior to her current position she served as the business manager in Ashland School District in Oregon. She has held business management positions at the Leyden Area Special Education Cooperative, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95. McCluskey also spent several years as a special education teacher at Gavin South Middle School in Ingleside. She began her career as a CPA in the private sector. She is also the director and co-founder of McCluskey Photography, Inc. in Northbrook.
“Mrs. McCluskey stood out during the interviews due to her attention to detail, her demonstrated abilities to strategically plan and problem solve,” said Superintendent Kyle Schumacher. “She exhibited a wide range of abilities that will serve District 102 as we rebuild fund balances, plan for the future, and ensure that District 102 continues to focus on student learning and growth with a strong financial foundation.”
McCluskey is an active member and leader in the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). She earned a master’s degree in special education from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University. McCluskey earned her Chief School Business Official endorsement from Northern Illinois University.
“I am looking forward to helping District 102 manage their financial resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. The staff has been very welcoming and I am excited to be provided the opportunity to assist the leadership team in continuing to create an environment to help maximize student achievement,” said McCluskey.
McCluskey lives in Northbrook with her husband, Tom. She has also served on the Village of Northbrook’s Environmental Quality Commission and as the treasurer of St. Giles Church in Northbrook.