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Education

Downers Grove District 58 names new assistant superintendent for business

Todd Drafall
Todd Drafall

DOWNERS GROVE – Todd Drafall will join the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 administrative team as assistant superintendent for business and chief school business official beginning July 1.

The Board of Education approved Drafall’s appointment during its May 14 meeting.

“It was my pleasure to recommend the candidate of choice, Todd Drafall, to the board on Monday evening,” Superintendent Kari Cremascoli said in a news release. “Interview teams were impressed by his extensive knowledge and diverse educational experiences. He has strong background in educational finance, budgeting and facilities oversight. Additionally, he exudes a sense of caring, intelligence, creative problem-solving and enthusiasm for his work. We look forward to having Todd join our team.”

Drafall brings 18 years of school district business experience to his new role. He currently serves as the chief financial and operational officer for Proviso High School District 209 and as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, the release stated.

Previously, he held business and finance leadership roles in Minooka High School District 111, Cary Community School District 26 and West Aurora School District 129. He also served as the tax department manager for the Kane County Clerk’s Office, according to the release.

Drafall earned his master’s degree in school business management from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently is pursuing his doctorate at Concordia University and anticipates receiving this degree in spring 2019.

Drafall is an active member of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and he has received the association’s Lighthouse Award for best practices in school business, the release stated.

As the District 58 assistant superintendent for business, Drafall will lead and direct all school operations related to budgeting and financial planning, buildings and grounds, construction planning, purchasing and supply management, pupil transportation, cafeteria operations, and accounting and reporting, according to the release.

Drafall will replace current Assistant Superintendent for Business David Bein, who accepted a business administrator position at another school district.

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