Dr. John Sparlin

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Dr. John Sparlin

Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent@sd308.org

Dr. John Sparlin serves District 308 as the superintendent of schools. He earned his undergraduate from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., and a master's degree in education from Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill. Sparlin also received his certificate of advanced study, Type 75 certification and a doctorate of education administration in educational leadership and supervision from Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill.

With 24 years of experience, Sparlin has served multiple public school districts in Illinois.  He began his career in the Valley View School District as a teacher and coach. He then served in the Glenbard School District as a teacher and coach before beginning his administrative career as a dean of students. Sparlin then moved on to be the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Bolingbrook High School. He next served as principal at Humphrey Middle School and as principal of Romeoville High School.

Prior to coming to District 308, Sparlin served as the executive director for human resources in the J. Sterling Morton High School District. Dr. Sparlin and his wife Jodi have been married for 21 years. They have three children: Jake, Katelyn and Kirsten. Dr. Sparlin and his family reside in Plainfield where he has lived his entire life.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Human Resources
  • Student Services
  • Oversight of Daily Operations of the District
Dr. Lisa L. Smith

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Dr. Lisa L. Smith

Associate Superintendent for Educational Services
lsmith@sd308.org

Dr. Lisa L. Smith serves as the associate superintendent for Educational Services for School District 308. She provides leadership in developing, achieving and maintaining high quality educational programs and services as a means to promote opportunities for all students.

She received her doctorate in educational administration from Aurora University, Aurora, Ill., her master’s in educational administration from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and her bachelor’s in elementary education, remedial reading from William Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa. She holds a Type 75 General Administration and Superintendent Certificate. During her 30-plus years in education she has served as an elementary teacher, an elementary principal, an assistant superintendent, Director of Elementary Education and Executive Director for Teaching and Learning

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assists the Superintendent in the effective coordination of the district’s overall operations and activities
  • Oversight for the departments of Teaching & Learning and Special Education
  • Curriculum development, implementation, review and revisions
  • Assessment
  • Federal and State grants
  • AVID District Director
  • Board approved Strategic Plan implementation
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee member
  • External Partnerships/Grants oversight
  • Board Policy Advisory Committee liaison
  • Board Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee liaison

 

Mr. Asif Dada

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Mr. Asif Dada

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
 
Asif Dada began his tenure as the assistant superintendent for business services for School District 308 in 2017. Dada worked for six years as Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations and Chief School Business Official at Cicero School District 99, where he oversaw finance and operations, prepared financial statements and treasurer's reports, and managed investments.  Dada served for nine years as Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Business Manager and Treasurer for Yorkville Community Unit School District 115.  He has also worked as an internal auditor and financial auditor for the states of Illinois and Texas and as a business transformation consultant providing services and expertise in planning and building educational facilities, referendum, risk management, investments, accounting, food service, transportation and school operations management.
 
Dada has more than 21 years of experience as an assistant superintendent for business services/chief school business official, and he has been responsible for managing over $175 million of the annual school district budget.  
 
He has a master’s degree in business administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, and he earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola University of Chicago.  He is also certified in creative thinking and professional education by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Leadership Program, Cambridge, Mass.
 
Areas of Responsibility:
  • Finance
  • Facility construction and development
  • Food Services
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Transportation