General Information

General Information

This section is intended to provide information about the activities, policies, and business practices of the Mendota School District 289 Board of Education. Comments and questions concerning items appearing in this section may be directed to Dr. Kristen School, Superintendent (kschool@m289.org).


The School Board is charged with the responsibility of representing all the citizens of the District in providing the best possible elementary education services for the benefit of area families. The Board sets District policy, establishes goals, hires a Superintendent to manage the schools, and monitors achievement of established goals. (For more information regarding the role of the Board of Education visit the Illinois Association of School Boards web site http://www.iasb.com/files/issue1.htm.)


The School Board is comprised of seven community members elected to office by the voters of the school district. Elections are held in the spring of odd numbered years. Members are elected to four year terms. Current members of the Board are: Mr. Sean Pappas (President), Mr. Tim Pohl (Vice-President), Mr. Larry Sheaves (Secretary) , Mr. Joel Johnson, Mrs. Theresa Komitas, Mrs. Krysten Kain, and Mrs. Angel Eisenberg.


All Board meetings are open to the public. Regular monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the District 289 Education Center Board Room (1806 Guiles Ave., Mendota). Special Board meetings are called at least 48 hours in advance with notice posted in each school. Agendas will be posted in this conference and are also available in the Administrative Office on the Monday preceding regular Board meetings. Minutes of meetings are available on this District web site or in the District office.


Questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding the District may be directed to the Superintendent or to the Board of Education. Members of the community who wish to make a presentation at board meetings should request to be included on the agenda. This can be done by contacting the Superintendent no later than the Friday preceding the meeting. Written correspondence will also be received at Board meetings. Regardless of being on the agenda, members of the public will be recognized at board meetings.


Persons with specific complaints or suggestions regarding the day to day operation of the schools are encouraged to follow procedures described in District policy and handbooks. Complaints should first be addressed to the faculty member or administrator most closely associated with the concern. If the situation is unresolved this may be appealed to the building principal and then the Superintendent. Formal grievances may be addressed using the uniform grievance procedures explained in District handbooks. (Policies and Handbooks are posted on this web site and are also available in all District offices.)