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Frankfort 157-C Welcomes New Superintendent and Director of Special Services

New Superintendent Hired to Lead Frankfort School District 157-C

At a Special Board meeting on March 31, 2014, the Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education unanimously approved a 3-year contract with Dr. Maura J. Zinni to serve as the new Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2014.

“Dr. Zinni will be a strong and visionary instructional leader, an engaging and visible member of the community, an effective communicator, a steward of the taxpayer’s funds, and someone who will respect our traditions while continuing to move forward as we serve each and every child in Frankfort,” said Board President Christopher R. McFadden as he introduced Dr. Zinni to the audience.

School District 157-C hires new Director of Special Services

At the Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education meeting held on April 14, the Board retained Jennifer L. Bajda as its new Director of Special Services effective July 1. After careful consideration of over 60 applicants and six finalists screened by a team of district administrators including the incoming superintendent, the final three candidates were interviewed by a committee comprised of parents and staff members. Miss Bajda was determined to be the very best candidate for the job.

Miss Bajda earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University Calumet, an Education Specialist degree from Valparaiso University, a Master of Education degree from Valparaiso University and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. She also holds a Director of Special Education endorsement and General Administrative K-12, School Psychologist and Learning Behavior Specialist 1 certifications.

Welcome To Frankfort School District 157-C

In Frankfort School District 157-C, we are proud of our three fully equipped and well-maintained schools. Grand Prairie Elementary houses students in Grades Pre K-2; Chelsea Intermediate School houses students in Grades 3-5; and Hickory Creek Middle School is attended by students in Grades 6-8. Our District prides itself on its "Tradition of Excellence." We offer a full academic and co-curricular program that strives to provide the best education for all students. Effective use of instructional technology is emphasized throughout the district. Students come to school eager to learn and demonstrate fine academic achievement. Frankfort School District 157-C has long been recognized as one of the outstanding districts in the state. It has received distinction as a "Blue Ribbon School” in the State of Illinois. In addition Hickory Creek Middle School was selected as a “Demonstration School” by the Association of Middle Schools and an Illinois Horizon School “School to Watch.” Stable resources, experienced and highly qualified staff members, high achieving, involved students, supportive parents and comprehensive school programs are indicators used frequently to describe our district.

Student Insurance

We are again offering student insurance through Markel Insurance Company. This insurance is offered as an additional/supplemental benefit for our families, but is not required by the School District or associated with the District’s Insurance Program. (It is separate, optional coverage for students). If you are interested in additional insurance coverage for your child please go to our home page website at and click on the direct link called Student Insurance. You will be able to view all of the coverage and premium options, review a Frequently Asked Questions section and purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what you’ve purchased.

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