Hinsdale District 86 School Board critic hired as interim controller

<p>Roger Kempa | Sun-Times Media File </p>

Roger Kempa | Sun-Times Media File 

Roger Kempa, a retired Darien resident and previous candidate for the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board, was hired Monday as interim chief financial controller and treasurer.

The School Board voted 4-2 to hire Kempa, with board members Kay Gallo and Jennifer Planson voting no. The terms of Kempa’s employment were not available Tuesday.

Kempa regularly attends board meetings and, during his campaign last year, frequently spoke about the need for more transparency of district operations and fiscal restraint.

He first raised the issue of District 86 getting revenue by signing an exclusive contract with a beverage company.

Kempa is expected to analyze the bids the district is seeking for stocking its vending machines districtwide. The bids are due March 4.

A survey of the 15 vending machines at Hinsdale Central and the 12 at Hinsdale South shows various companies, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, the district’s food service provider Quest, and Autofrost, an ice cream provider, stock the machines.

Some of the companies listed are not registered with the Secretary of State’s Office, School Board President Claudia Manley said.

The revenues from the machines support various programs, including, at Central, the Character Counts program, the boys cross country team and the girls track and field team. The use of the money is not specified for all the machines, however.

Kempa has a master’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis on finance, from Benedictine University in Lisle, and a bachelor of science degree in finance from Arizona State University. His career was in business administration at public schools and community colleges, including Morton College in Cicero and Geneva Public Schools.

He has served on the Board of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

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