More changes are in store within District 97’s administrative ranks. Kelly Baird, middle school curriculum coordinator, will leave administration to join the district’s faculty as a classroom teacher. Baird is also the chief administrator overseeing the gifted program. Carol Thessfeld, curriculum coordinator for the elementary schools, will retire at the end of this school year. She also oversees the district’s wellness program. Both currently work directly with the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Baird and Thessfeld were hired in September 2005 to the new positions of curriculum coordinators. Their posts will not be eliminated.