District Information

  • District 204 Administrative Office

    100 S Brainard Ave

    La Grange, IL 60525

    708-579-6300

  • District 204 Administration

    Superintendent – Brian Waterman, Ed.D. 

    Principal – Jennifer Tyrrell, Ed.D.

    Director of Human Resources  - Ed Piotrowski

    Director of Business Services – Brian Stachacz

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction – Scott Eggerding

    Director of Equity and Belonging – Jennifer Rowe, Ed.D.

    Director of Student Services – Leslie Owens, Ph.D.

    Director of Technology – Ed Tennant

    Coordinator of Assessment and Research – Kristine Zieman

    Coordinator of Community Relations – Mary Lin Muscolino

  • District 204 Board of Education

    Regular Meetings of the Board of Education will be held monthly following the Board’s Schedule of Regular Meetings https://www.lths.net/Page/5369. Meeting notices and agendas will be posted according to Open Meetings Act requirements confirming meeting date, location, start time, and the agenda and will be posted in BoardBook https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/1797.

    For more information visit https://www.lths.net/Page/8073 or contact the District 204 Administrative Office at 708-579-6300

  • Board of Education Members

    Dawn Aubert – Board President

    Jill A. Grech – Board Vice President

    Tim Albores – Board Secretary

    Jill Beda Daniels – Member

    Kari Dillon – Member

    Elvia Nava – Member

    Michael Thomas – Member

  • District 204 Mission, Vision and Values

    Mission, Vision, Values

  • Employee Code of Professional Conduct – LTHS District 204

    Professional and Appropriate Conduct

    All District employees are expected to maintain high standards in their school relationships to demonstrate integrity and honesty to be considerate and cooperative and to maintain professional and appropriate relationships with students, parents, staff members and others. In addition, the Code of Ethics for Illinois Educators adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education is incorporated by reference into this policy. Any employee who sexually harasses a student, willfully or negligently fails to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (325 ILCS 5.), engages in grooming as defined in 720 ILCS 5/11-25, engages in grooming behaviors, violates boundaries for appropriate school employee-student conduct, or otherwise violates an employee conduct standard or this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

    Professional and appropriate employee conduct are important Board goals that impact the quality of a safe learning environment and the school community, increasing students’ ability to learn and the District’s ability to educate. To protect students from sexual misconduct by employees, and employees from the appearance of impropriety, State law also recognizes the importance for District employees to constantly maintain professional and appropriate relationships with students by following established expectations and guidelines for employee-student boundaries.

    The Superintendent or designee shall identify appropriate employee conduct standards and communicate them to all District’s employees. The employee conduct standards will require that, at a minimum:

    1. Employees complete required training on educator ethics, child abuse, grooming behaviors, and employee-student boundary violations as required by law and policies 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure; 4:165, Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors; 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting; and 5:100, Staff Development Program. 

    2. Employees maintain professional relationships with students, including maintaining employee-student boundaries based upon students’ age and developmental levels and following District established guidelines for specific situations, including but not limited to:

    1. Transporting a student;
    2. Taking or possessing a photo or video of a student; and
    3. Meeting with a student or contacting a student outside the employee’s professional role.

    3. Employees comply with reporting requirements of Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (325 ILCS 5/), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C.§ 1681 et seq.) and report prohibited behaviors and/or boundary violations pursuant to Board Policies 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure; 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure; and 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting.

    4. Employees be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal will occur for any employee who violates an employee conduct standard or engages in any of the following:

    1. Violates boundaries for appropriate school employee-student conduct or expectations and guidelines for employee-student boundaries.
    2. Sexually harasses a student.
    3. Willfully or negligently fails to follow reporting requirements of the Abused and Neglected  Child Reporting Act (325 ILCS 5/), or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.).
    4. Engages in grooming as defined in 720 ILCS 5/11-25.
    5. Engages in grooming behaviors. Prohibited grooming behaviors include, at a minimum, sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is any act, including but not limited to, any verbal, nonverbal, written, or electronic communication or physical activity, by an employee with direct contact with a student, that is directed toward or with a student to establish a romantic or sexual relationship with the student. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. A sexual or romantic invitation.
      2. Dating or soliciting a date.
      3. Engaging in sexualized or romantic dialog.
      4. Making sexually suggestive comments that are directed toward or with a student.
      5. Self-disclosure or physical exposure of a sexual, romantic, or erotic nature.
      6. A sexual, indecent, romantic, or erotic contact with the student. 

    Statement of Economic Interests

    The following employees must file a Statement of Economic Interests as required by the Ill. Governmental Ethics Act:

    1. Superintendent;

    2. Building Principal;

    3. Head of any department;

    4. Any employee who, as the District’s agent, is responsible for negotiating one or more contracts, including collective bargaining agreement(s), in the amount of $1,000 or greater;

    5. Hearing officer;

    6. Any employee having supervisory authority for 20 or more employees; and

    7. Any employee in a position that requires an administrative or a chief school business official endorsement.

    Prohibited Interests; Conflict of Interest; and Limitation of Authority

    In accordance with 105 ILCS 5/22-5, “no school officer or teacher shall be interested in the sale, proceeds, or profits of any book, apparatus, or furniture used or to be used in any school with which such officer or teacher may be connected,” except when the employee is the author or developer of instructional materials listed with ISBE and adopted for use by the Board. An employee having an interest in instructional materials must file an annual statement with the Board Secretary. 

    For the purpose of acquiring profit or personal gain, no employee shall act as an agent of the District nor shall an employee act as an agent of any business in any transaction with the District. This includes participation in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by a federal award or State award governed by the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) (30 ILCS 708/) when the employee has a real or apparent conflict of interest. A conflict of interest arises when an employee or any of the following individuals has a financial or other interest in or a tangible benefit from the entity selected for the contract:

    1. Any person that has a close personal relationship with an employee that may compromise or impair the employee's fairness and impartiality, including a member of the employee's immediate family or household;

    2. An employee’s business partner; or 

    3. An entity that employs or is about to employ the employee or one of the individuals listed in one or two above.

    Employees shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors, potential contractors, or parties to agreements or subcontracts. Situations in which the interest is not substantial or the gift is an unsolicited item of nominal value must comply with State law and Board policy 2:105, Ethics and Gift Ban.

    Outside Employment

    Employees shall not engage in any other employment or in any private business during regular working hours or at such other times as are necessary to fulfill appropriate assigned duties. 

    Incorporated by reference: 5:120-E (Code of Ethics for Ill. Educators)

    LEGAL REF.:

    U.S. Constitution, First Amendment.

    2 C.F.R. §200.318(c)(1).

    5 ILCS 420/4A-101, Ill. Governmental Ethics Act.

    5 ILCS 430/, State Officials and Employee Ethics Act.

    30 ILCS 708/, Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.

    50 ILCS 135/, Local Governmental Employees Political Rights Act.

    105 ILCS 5/10-22.39, 5/10-23.13, 5/22-5, 5/22-85.5, and 5/22-93.

    325 ILCS 5/, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.

    720 ILCS 5/11-25, Criminal Code of 2012.

    775 ILCS 5/5A-102, Ill. Human Rights Act.

    23 Ill. Admin. Code Part 22, Code of Ethics for Ill. Educators.

    Pickering v. Board of Township H.S. Dist. 205, 391 U.S. 563 (1968).

    Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006).

    CROSS REF.: 2:105 (Ethics and Gift Ban), 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure), 4:60 (Purchases and Contracts), 4:165 (Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors), 5:90 (Abused and Neglected Child Reporting), 5:100 (Staff Development Program), 5:125 (Personal Technology and Social Media; Usage and Conduct), 5:200 (Terms and Conditions of Employment and Dismissal), 5:290 (Employment Terminations and Suspensions), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited) 

    Adopted: February 21, 2023