District 113A Expected to Name Next Superintendent Tuesday
Board members will consider the appointment during their monthly business meeting, ending a five-month search for the next district leader.
The Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board of Education is expected to name the district's next superintendent Tuesday night.
According to the agenda for Tuesday's business meeting, District 113A board members will consider the appointment of a full-time superintendent to take office July 1.
The move would officially end a five-month search that began when the board approved the early retirement of former Superintendent Tim Ricker in October. Just two month later, Ricker resigned from his position.
Last month, the board interviewed six candidates who were recommended by the district's search firm, the Illinois Association of School Boards. The field was narrowed to two finalists, both of whom were interviewed again the week of Feb. 20 by District 113A teachers and administrators, as well as representatives from each of Lemont's taxing bodies.
According to district documents, District 113A Vice President Dave Molitor and Board Member Al Malley conducted a site visit for one of the finalists Feb. 29. A special meeting was held March 6 to further discuss the superintendent search.
District 113A is currently under the leadership of Interim Superintendent Robert Madonia, who was appointed by the board Jan. 24. He will serve in a part-time capacity through June 30.
Asst. Superintendent Mary Gricus was named the district's lead administrator through the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.
Tuesday's business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Old Quarry Middle School LRC, 16100 W. 127th St.
Patch will run a live blog from the meeting for those who want to follow along. The link will be posted early Tuesday morning, and will go live at 7 p.m.
Timeline of Superintendent Search
Oct. 14, 2011
Patch reports that District 113A Superintendent Tim Ricker plans to retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year—one year before his contract was set to expire.
Oct. 18, 2011
The District 113A Board of Education approves Ricker's retirement request, thus beginning their search for a new superintendent.
Nov. 15, 2011
District 113A board members vote unanimously to hire the Illinois Association of School Boards to assist in the superintendent search process. IASB is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization that provides a number of services to school board members across the state — including executive searches. Basic services will cost the district between $5,000 and $7,500.
Dec. 20, 2011
District 113A Business Manager Barbara Germany informs board members that the district must repay more than $328,000 to the state after receiving "unallowable transportation reimbursements" for claims made during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Ricker took full responsibility for not informing the board of the transportation audit adjustment, which District 113A received in late August. A special meeting was abruptly called just 24 hours later to discuss "personnel matters."
Dec. 23, 2011
Board member approve Ricker's resignation, effective Dec. 31.
Jan. 11, 2012
District 113A Asst. Superintendent Mary Gricus is named the district's lead administrator through the end of the 2011-12 school year.
Jan. 24, 2012
Longtime educator Robert Madonia is appointed as the district's interim superintendent.
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2012
District 113A holds two public forums to give community members the opportunity to participate in the superintendent search process.
Feb. 7, 2012
IASB representatives present final candidates to District 113A board members during a special meeting
Feb. 18, 2012
District 113A board members interview six candidates during a closed session meeting, and narrow group to only two finalists.
Feb. 22 and Feb. 24, 2012
Each of the two finalists spends a day at District 113A meeting with administrators and being interviewed by focus groups. Board members will take each of the candidates to dinner.
Feb. 29, 2012
District 113A Vice President Dave Molitor and Board Member Al Malley conduct a site visit for one of the finalists for the superintendent position.