District 67 begins search for new superintendent
Updated: December 11, 2012 6:16PM
MORTON GROVE — In response to Dr. Jaime Reilly’s intentions to resign at the end of the school year last Thursday, the Golf School District 67 board agreed Monday to have the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) conduct a search on its behalf for a new superintendent.
Board members were also given a tentative schedule for how and when the process would be expedited, and were told that they could anticipate making a selection by early March.
Officials listened to IASB Consultant Dawn Miller on Monday as she presented a menu of different services from which they could select to get the most out of the IASB’s search for a new superintendent, and decided that $9,500 would be a worthwhile price to pay in return for a high quality search.
Though board member Richard Toth was hesitant about the district spending over $9,000 for a package that included some services the board might later find unnecessary, Miller explained that the district would not be billed for anything it didn’t use. Board member Robert Clark shared the remaining members’ positive feelings about the IASB’s proposed services.
“Our current superintendent has done an outstanding job providing guidance for our school district, so hopefully we can find someone who can do that kind of job, or better — I think it’s a good idea to have a professional organization conduct the search,” said board member Robert Clark.
Miller said that a survey would be prepared and ready for board, staff and community members to place on the district website by no later than Friday, Dec. 14. Tentatively, the survey will be available to take until it closes on Jan. 10.
Though Monday night was too early in the process to note where community members should look to find the survey on the district’s website, www.golf67.net, Miller explained that she typically tells school officials to put a link with the title “Superintendent Search Survey” on their home page.
Those planning to participate can expect the survey to generally ask questions that will ultimately determine how people within the district feel about certain qualities in a superintendent.
Miller added that she would come back to discuss the survey’s results with district officials on Jan. 17, adding that she was planning on having Feb. 28 be the last day for candidates to apply for the vacancy.
Once the top candidates are selected, Miller said that the board and a group of community members will interview those candidates and make their selection by early March, should all move forward as planned.