District 74 to pick new superintendent
Updated: April 8, 2013 2:04AM
Leadership posts at Lincolnwood School District 74 will change hands at the end of the school year, though not entirely as planned.
On Thursday, the Board of Education is expected to vote on and announce the hiring of a new superintendent.
At the same meeting, the school board is also considering the unanticipated resignation of Lincoln Hall principal April Miller, who recently issued her intent to leave by June 30, district officials reported Tuesday.
Employed by District 74 for less than year, Miller was among a slew of new administrators hired last spring after an unexpected turnover of staff.
She beat out 43 other applicants to replace former principal Linda Klobucher, who for two weeks was at the helm of the district when former superintendent Mark Klaisner stepped down.
Miller could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The naming of the superintendent, on the other hand, represents the culmination of efforts this fall to find a permanent top administrator.
The new leader will assume responsibilities currently held by Kenneth Cull, who has served in an interim capacity with District 74 since last April.
BWP & Associates, a consultant group headquartered in Libertyville with close ties to the district, managed the executive search process. The firm conducted focus groups with school stakeholders and sought community input through online surveys to create a candidate profile for the position.
District 74 received 49 applications from across the country, school board President Scott Anderson said.
He said interviews with eight applicants took place between December and January before officials made an offer.
The school board will vote to approve a three-year superintendent contract with an annual base salary of $220,000, effective July 1.
The hiring of the soon-to-be superintendent may also represent a fundamental shift in how the school board functions.
For the past half year, officials had been equally split on several important and sometimes routine matters. Anderson expected the hiring decision to be much different.
“We’re actually going to be unified on this,” he said. “It’s for the good of the community, that’s what matters.”~.