About the School Board

The School Board is comprised of seven District 303 residents elected by the community.  Key responsibilities of the Board are to provide educational leadership to the school community, create and maintain a vision and a mission for the District, and hire and evaluate the Superintendent to whom is delegated all administrative responsibility and authority. The Board establishes clear and measurable goals and evaluates results.

They adopt and evaluate policies, approve and adopt the School District's annual budget, and involve the community in the life of the District. The District 303 School Board maintains open and honest communication and welcomes your interest and participation. Open lines of communication are vital for providing a positive educational experience for the students who learn in District 303 classrooms each day.

School Board Culture Statement

While being mindful of the expectations of the community, the Board will continue to make fiscally responsible decisions in the best interest of all students.

School Board Commitments

  • Provide learning opportunities responsive to the whole student which will prepare them for life after District 303
  • Allocate community resources responsibly to ensure exemplary student growth, academic achievement, and positive social-emotional development
  • Monitor and continue to improve our safe and secure learning environments for our students and staff
  • Promote our environment of respect, responsibility, and good citizenship
  • Support and sustain a culture of learning and leadership that attracts, develops, and retains high quality staff
  • Engage and collaborate with stakeholders to develop trusting partnerships for the betterment of our students

Board Documents

Board Meetings

Agendas and meeting minutes from School Board regular, special and committee meetings are accessible online via Boardbook.

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Regular Board Meetings

The School Board announces the time and place for its regular meetings at the beginning of each calendar year. The District 303 Board of Education typically meets in regular session on the second Monday of the month with meetings generally starting at 7:00 p.m. 

Unless otherwise noted, School Board meetings are held at:

Administration Center
201 South 7th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174. 

 Meeting agendas are posted at least 48 hours before the meeting and are accessible in Boardbook.

Special Board Meetings

Special meetings of the School Board may be called by the President or by any three (3) members of the Board of Education. These meetings are scheduled as needed and may be open or closed. Public notice of a special meeting is given in the same manner as Regular Board Meetings.

The audio from regular board meetings is available online:

Audio of Regular Board Meetings

Board Committees

The School Board may establish Board Committees to assist with the Board's governance function, and in some situations, to comply with state law requirements. Board committee meetings are scheduled as needed and are open to the public, with notification given in the same manner as Regular Board meetings.

School Board Standing Committees:

  • Business Services Committee: Committee Members - Nick Manheim and Heidi Fairgrieve
  • Citizen Advisory Committee: Committee Members - Becky McCabe and Jillian Barker
  • Learning & Teaching Committee: Committee Members - Ed McNally and Jillian Barker
  • Policy Committee: Committee Members - Michael Bryant

Board Members


Ms. Carolyn Waibel *

41 St. Germain Place
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 502-8212

Ms. Waibel was elected into her first term as a District 303 School Board member in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She has had a career in corporate sales and marketing, and currently is consulting.

Ms. Waibel has volunteered in the community prior to the school board. She has served as the Ferson Creek Elementary PTO President and currently volunteers in the city of St. Charles on the Mental Health Commission and the St. Charles Youth Commission. Ms. Waibel also sits as a volunteer on the Mid-Valley Mental Health Partnership in Kane County.

Ms. Waibel has one child attending high school in D303.


Mr. Nick Manheim *

4N009 Thornapple Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(225) 772-9466

Mr. Manheim was elected into his first term as a District 303 School Board member in 2011. He is now serving his second term which expires in 2019. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the Louisiana State University and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Manheim is licensed in the state of Illinois NCARB Certified and has an LEED AP for environmental responsibility in building and design. Mr. Manheim is a Wildrose Home Owners Association Board Member and a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Mr. Manheim served as a judge for the Charleston XXVI and XXVII House Design for St. Charles East High School and was a long term-substitute at St. Charles North High School for Architecture, Engineering and Physics.

Mr. Manheim is the parent of a District 303 student.


Mrs. Jillian Barker

1910 Larson Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 613-0694

Mrs. Barker was elected in 2019 for a term that expires in 2023. She is currently the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a group of therapeutic day schools which provides special education services to students who are outplaced by contracting public school districts. Mrs. Barker has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University in Special Education and a Master of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in Educational Administration with a Director of Special Education endorsement. Mrs. Barker has worked as a special education administrator, a principal and in other administrative roles as well as a special education teacher. She has also served on a special education citizens advisory council, an African-American citizens advisory council, a teacher mentor program oversight committee and an equity and excellence training group.

Mrs. Barker has also taught and designed courses for a Chicago-based university for the last 8 + years in the special education, reading specialist and differentiated instruction master's degree programs.

Mrs. Barker and her husband Adam have lived in St. Charles for 9 years with their four children who attend three CUSD 303 schools, next year she will have students from high school through preschool.


Mr. Michael Bryant

29 Southgate Course
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 488-1015

Mr. Bryant was elected to the School Board in 2019. He is serving his first four-year term which expires in 2023. Mr. Bryant has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science in Business Teacher Education.

Mr. Bryant is currently a high school teacher in Batavia where he sits on multiple district committees including the Resource Responsibility Advisory Committee and Insurance Committee. He also serves as career and technical education grant coordinator and CTE department liaison. Mr. Bryant is actively involved with St. Charles Youth and Travel Baseball and volunteers for various school activities and community organizations.

Mr. Bryant and his wife, Molly, have three sons currently attending D303 elementary schools.


Mrs. Heidi Fairgrieve *

37W340 Red Gate Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 549-6442

Mrs. Fairgrieve was elected to the School Board in 2017. She is serving her first four-year term which expires in 2021. Mrs. Fairgrieve has Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science, Accounting degrees from Arizona State University. She earned a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of International Management.

Mrs. Fairgrieve is a working professional in the banking industry and serves on a Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is currently a mentor in the Chicago Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization, a Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Troop Leader, and an active PTO member at two D303 schools. Mrs. Fairgrieve continues to support Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, and United Way.

Mrs. Fairgrieve and her husband David have two daughters currently attending D303 middle and high schools.


Mr. Edward McNally *

724 Horne St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-0154

Mr. McNally was elected to the School Board in 2013. He is serving his second four year term which expires in 2021.


Mrs. Becky McCabe

3035 Meadow Drive
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 276-9528

Becky McCabe is a retired educator who is currently working part-time for North Central College and DuPage Regional Office of Education as a school improvement coach to elementary principals in DuPage County. She taught primary grades for over 15 years in the Urbana-Champaign school districts and was very active in the teachers association leadership. 

Becky moved into administration as the principal at Leal Elementary in Urbana and was Illinois Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal in 2004. Becky became Division Administrator for Student Assessment at the Illinois State Board for three years before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the DeKalb School District.  

She finished her careers in St. Charles CUSD303 as Area Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Throughout her career, she led hundreds of workshops on assessment, instruction, classroom management and leadership.  Becky has a Masters and Advanced Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Becky and her husband, Ken, have two grown sons whose families live in St. Charles. They have three grandchildren - two who are in the D303 schools. 

* indicates member has completed mandatory board member training required by Section 105 ILCS 5/10-16a of the Illinois School Code

Contact boardofeducation@d303.org, to communicate with all the School Board members