Oct 1, 2018, (Suburban) Chicago Herald: District 300 board approves spending plan including 104 new employees https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181001/district-300-board-approves-spending-plan-including-104-new-employees This school year, Community Unit District 300 has hired more teachers, social workers, coaches, interventionists and support personnel with new state revenue, officials said. The school board recently approved a $296 million spending plan for the 2018-19 school year that includes hiring 104 new full-time employees with $6.2 million from the state's new evidence-based funding formula. New hires were made in areas that have the greatest impact on student learning, said Susan Harkin, chief operating officer of the Algonquin-based district serving more than 21,000 students. They include 13 special education teachers, 10 special education paraprofessionals, 10 coaches and 8.5 additional social workers. Social workers will float throughout schools working one-on-one with students and families and serving as liaisons between the district and outside agencies….