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  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 of former Superintendent Tim Ricker in October. Just two month later, from his position.

Last month, 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 to further discuss the superintendent search.

District 113A is currently under the leadership of Interim Superintendent Robert Madonia, . He will serve in a part-time capacity through June 30.

Asst. Superintendent Mary Gricus was named  through the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.

Tuesday's business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the , 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.

, 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.


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