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Superintendent Search Update

November 22, 2019

 

Dear Community,

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to provide an update on our search for the next leader of District 65. Last week, the School Board interviewed five candidates who were recommended by our search firm, BWP & Associates. Candidate screening and selection was based on the Leadership Profile that was developed with the input of educators, students, families, and community members. The slate represented a diverse selection of high-quality candidates from around the country. While all of the individuals brought significant skills and experience, we were able to narrow the pool to two final candidates. 

 

The most important responsibility of the School Board is to hire the most highly qualified superintendent for our district, using the community-developed Leadership Profile and our Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool as guides. As a Board, we thought deeply about next steps in order to further engage our community while maintaining the requested confidentiality of our final candidates. Both individuals have been invited to participate in a “Day in the District” on December 3 and 4. Each candidate will tour two of our schools and take part in a community-based focus group followed by final interviews with the School Board. Educators, parents, community representatives, administrators, and union leaders who participated in the Leadership Profile focus groups have been invited to participate in the December 3 or December 4 sessions.  

 

We are extremely excited about our finalists and the leadership opportunities each could bring to our district. It is our intention to make a selection and announce our new superintendent as soon as possible after the final interviews, and no later than January. Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in this important process. 

 

In kindness,

 

Suni Kartha

District 65 Board President

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November 6, 2019

 

Dear District 65 Staff and Families,

 

The District 65 Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on our search for a superintendent. Thank you again to all who participated in creating our Leadership Profile. Your input was invaluable and strongly informed BWP and Associates’ candidate screening process. The Board will continue to refer to the profile and our Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool as we interview candidates and, ultimately, make a final selection.

 

On October 28, during a closed session meeting, BWP presented a final report summarizing basic information on the 31 candidates who applied for the position. BWP also recommended a slate of five candidates for the Board to interview. The slate represents a diverse selection of high-quality candidates from around the country, and the Board is looking forward to talking with each of them.

 

The Board will interview the recommended slate of candidates next week during closed session meetings on November 12-14. Our intention is to narrow the pool to two or three final candidates that the Board will conduct second round interviews during the first week of December. The Board remains committed to a transparent process that is inclusive of community voice. We are thoughtfully considering opportunities to obtain additional input while respecting the confidentiality requested by the candidates in order to remain in our search process. 

 

The Board anticipates announcing our new superintendent in January. We look forward to sharing an update with our community in the coming weeks. Thank you for your interest and continued involvement in this important process. 

 

In kindness,

 

Suni Kartha

District 65 Board President