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.

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
  • Community Relations Committee: Committee Members - Carolyn Waibel and Scott Nowling
  • Learning & Teaching Committee: Committee Members - Ed McNally and Lori Linkimer
  • Policy Committee: Committee Members - Lori Linkimer and Scott Nowling

Board Members


Mrs. Kathleen T. Hewell *

519 Wing Ln.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 464-0117

Mrs. Hewell, first elected to the School Board in 2003, is currently serving her fourth term which expires in 2019. Mrs. Hewell has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and completed graduate work in geochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a Petroleum Geologist from 1982-1987 for Chevron Oil and is currently a volunteer and homemaker.

Mrs. Hewell volunteered in District 303 prior to her election to the Board. She has served as PTO President and Vice President for Wredling Middle School, PTO President for Lincoln Elementary School, was Co-Chair and member for Citizens for Excellence in Education, a Boundary Committee member and presenter in 1998, served on the District 303 Contingency Committee (on placement of STCE students), and was the 2001 Middle School Chair for the District 303 Facilities Advisory Committee. Mrs. Hewell has also served the St. John Neumann Food Basket Committee for 10 years and is a founding member of Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club.

Mrs. Hewell's three children attended District 303 schools throughout their school years.


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. Lori Linkimer *

1816 Waverly Circle
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-5929

Mrs. Linkimer, previously elected to the School Board in 1999 and 2005, is currently serving her third elected term which expires in 2019. Mrs. Linkimer is a managing broker with Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Elementary Education and Master of Arts degree from Roosevelt University in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Mrs. Linkimer is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Charles member and President Elect of St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club, Co-Chairman of the Education Committee, and member of each of the following: Real Estate Association of the Fox Valley, Main Street Organization of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Mrs. Linkimer and her husband Mike have three adult children and four grandchildren.


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.


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. Scott Nowling *

56 Dunham Place
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 254-5004

In July 2018, Mr. Nowling was appointed to serve on the District 303 School Board to complete the term vacated by Mr. James Gaffney, Jr. Mr. Nowling was previously elected to served on the School Board from 2007-2011, including as Board President from 2009-2011.

Mr. Nowling is currently an Executive District Manager for Johnson & Johnson, and is the parent of District 303 graduates. Mr. Nowling has been an active community volunteer, previously serving as the Co-Chair for Summit 303 in 2012, as a coach for St. Charles Storm Basketball from 2004-2006, and as a volunteer for the Referendum Campaign D303 in 2005.

* 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