After being without a CEO for about a month, Lyons School District 103 has a new CEO. On January 25, the District 103 School Board voted 6 to 0 to hire Guy Cahill as interim business manager.
Cahill, a retired school business manager, replaces Shelia Johnson who resigned about a month ago after spending 21 months with District 103. Cahill is District 103’s fifth business manager since 2016.
Cahill, 64, retired in 2012 as assistant superintendent of finance and operations for the Galesburg School District. He began his career as a driving instructor at Rochester High School near Springfield. Since retiring in 2012, Cahill has held two positions as interim business manager for Champaign Public Schools, the most recent of which ended in June 2020.
In addition to working for the Galesburg and Champaign school districts, Cahill has worked as a business manager for the school districts of Peoria, Beijing, and Rich Township High School District 227 in the southern suburbs.
Although Cahill has spent most of his career working in central Illinois, with the exception of three years working for Rich Township High School District 227, he is a native and resident of the southern suburb of Park forest. Cahill graduated from Crete Monee High School and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Illinois State University.
Cahill has particular expertise in collective bargaining. As a young teacher, he was a negotiator for the teachers’ union at Rochester High School. Given that District 103 is currently negotiating or will soon be negotiating contracts with unions representing teachers, teacher aides and custodians, that expertise was attractive to school board president Jorge Torres and superintendent Kristopher Rivera.
Cahill said he had interviews with Torres, Rivera and human resources director Stephanie Koenig.
“They hired me primarily for my expertise in collective bargaining,” Cahill said.
Cahill will be paid $750 per five-hour workday. His contract runs until June 30 and must not exceed $90,000. Cahill said he will work remotely on some days and on other days he will work in the district administrative center.
Cahill said he expects to be involved in the process of hiring a new permanent business manager.
“I would like to think that one of my goals is to find a permanent replacement,” Cahill said.