Dr. Janet Stutz Superintendent
The Superintendent is the chief executive officer for the school district with the authority to manage, supervise, and evaluate all affairs of the system within the policies established by the Board of Education. The Superintendent administers the development and maintenance of an educational program designed to meet the needs of the community and carry out policies of the board. Additionally, she assists the board in developing long-range plans, formulates school objectives, policies, plans, and programs, conducts periodic audits of the total school program, and advises the board on recommendations for the educational advancement of the schools.
- Ph: 708-364-3305
John T. Reiniche, Asst. Supt. for Business Services
The Assistant Superintendent for Business Services works on the daily operations of the district will the goal of providing the necessary financial, accounting, and recordkeeping services to facilitate the best possible educational program. He is the chief financial officer of the district
and also is responsible for transportation and food services.
- Ph: 708-364-3312
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Julie Oberwise, Director of Human Resources
The Director coordinates personnel management policies, develops and supervises the evaluation of teachers, and implements a program of professional growth for staff members. Additionally, the Director is responsible for the coordination of substitutes. As Director of Student Services, Ms. Oberwise is also responsible for the Student Management System and student registration.
- Ph: 708-364-3308
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Lynn Zeder Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
The Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment oversees instruction-related services offered by Orland School District 135 and works collaboratively with staff members to support student learning. The Director assumes a leadership role in developing curriculum that is aligned to state and national standards; in designing, implementing, and evaluating research-based instructional programs; in ensuring the efficient operation of state and local testing programs; and in utilizing the analysis of learning data as a critical component of instructional decision-making. He develops and monitors state and federal grants, including Title IIA (Teacher Quality), 11-D (Enhancing Education through Technology), Title V (Innovative Programs), the BEAMS Induction/Mentoring grant and the Reading/improvement Block grant. The Director also guides principals and other building leaders in creating, implementing, and sustaining high quality school improvement plans.
- Ph: 708-364-3315
Dave Snyder, Assistant Director of Curriculum
The Assistant Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment works with the Director, Principals and staff members in developing and implementing research-based programs and curriculum that are aligned to state and national standards. The Assistant Director assists the administration of state and local testing programs and monitors the District Title I Reading/Improvement block grant.
- Ph: 708-364-3319
Ellen Belotti, Director of Special Education
The Director of Special Education oversees all district special needs programs and works closely with the Superintendent to assure quality programs for students and quality staff development. Ms. Belotti administers the district special education program, directs the student assistance staff, psychologist, and counselors, and develops and monitors all state and federal IDEA grants.
- Ph: 708-364-3330
Ami Porte-Lewis, Assistant Dire
ctor of Special Education
The Assistant Director of Special Education and Student Services coordinates the Early Childhood Program, including monitoring the screening, evaluation, and programming for 3-5 year olds. She also coordinates the Cross Categorical Programs and the Extended School Year Program working closely with the Director of Special Education in monitoring and supervising district special needs programs. Other responsibilities include organizing and conducting in-service and workshop programs related to Student Services or Special Education, supervision of student services staff and assistance with grants.
- Ph: 708-364-3332
Dan Werfelman, Director of Facilities, Maintenance
The Director of Facilities and Maintenance oversees all district schools and grounds while working hand-in-hand with the Board of Education, administration, faculty, and staff. The goal of the department is to provide a safe, clean, attractive environment where students can learn and teachers can teach in a satisfying and rewarding atmosphere.
- Ph: 708-364-3310
Dan Doogan, Technology Coordinator / Supervisor
The Technology Coordinator / Supervisor is responsible for the oversight of all technology-related initiatives in the District.
- Ph: 708-364-3362
Tracy Marc, Community Relations Coordinator
The department's mission is to cultivate a culture of communications that links home/school/community in supporting student learning. The Coordinator directs District 135's strategic communications plan to engage our public so that they have an interest in student learning, a stake in student success, and a voice in shaping our student's future. The following venues are used: issues management, community relations, media relations, and web and print communications.
- Ph: 708-364-3335
John Reiniche, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Coming from a family of educators and always passionate about accounting, John Reiniche's career in school finance was the perfect fit. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois with a major in Public Accounting, John Reiniche spent five years at a CPA firm as an auditor specializing in school districts.
He was hired by Naperville's Indian Prairie School District 204 as the Controller in 1999. John received his Masters degree from Northern Illinois University and his Type 75 Administrative Certificate with a Chief School Business Official endorsement in 2002.
In 2005, Mr. Reiniche was hired as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services for Orland School District 135, and has led the District in the achievement of several financial awards, including Certificates of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), and the Government Finance Officers Association.
Mr. Reiniche is an active member of the Illinois Chapter of ASBO, currently serving as a member of the Budgeting and Financial Planning Committee, and was selected as a delegate to the Advisory Assembly.
Julie Oberwise, Director of Human Resources
To Julie Oberwise, learning is contagious. The teachers and coaches who inspired her to go into education, helped instill her passion.
She attended Northern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematical sciences. She continued her education at St. Xavier University where she earned a master's degree in educational administration.
Mrs. Oberwise began her career in District 135 in 1993 as a junior high math teacher. She then served as Assistant Principal at Jerling Jr. High for six years. In 2007, she was named Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, and then 2009 was named the Director of Human Resources.
Julie and her family live in Palos Heights.