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Search Firm Begins Vetting District 113A Superintendent Candidates

The new superintendent needs to be experienced, with a proven track record. The firm has narrowed its focus to currently sitting superintendents.

The next superintendent of Lemont-Bromberek District 113A should be a seasoned leader and skilled communicator with a well-rounded educational background, as concluded by search firm School Exec Connect.

The firm detailed its findings to the Board of Education on Wednesday. The report is based on feedback from 49 community members in various forums and 149 responses to an online survey.

The firm has subsequently narrowed its focus to applicants who are sitting superintendents. 

"This should not be a training run to teach someone how to be a superintendent," said firm representative Tom Madden. 

The district's reputation of financial woes, micromanagement, and poor board relations precedes it, Madden said, and has proven an obstacle in the search process. The board will have to convince candidates that things are improving. 

Interim Superintendent Pamela Hollich expressed that she would vouch for the board.

"I personally have found this group of people easy to work with, both individually and collectively," Hollich said. 

The firm gravitated toward 8 of the 35 applicants, and began interviews began a Thursday, to continue through the weekend. Some board members asked the firm to also consider "rising star" applicants, who might not be current superintendents, but have assumed managerial roles or tasks in their current positions. 

Board President Cindy Kelly said she feels ready to choose the new superintendent. 

"I feel much more comfortable with these guys sitting with me in choosing the next superintendent,” she said. "We're much closer in how we think." 

The firm intends to present a slate of five to seven candidates Feb. 19. 

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Kevin Cliff February 16, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Taxes just keep escalating.The average private sector salary increase per year for the past 10 years has been approximately 1.9 % . Why has the public sector increased at close to 5% ?? This is unsustainable. Perhaps the Bureau of Labor Statistics should be Lemont's standard for remuneration- http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm Lemont compensates at the top 10% in many categories. Perhaps we should gravitate toward the "median" annual wage as a starting point and perhaps that "rising star" applicant will materialize.
Edward Andrysiak March 06, 2014 at 12:15 PM
My "dream contract" would say: A Super can be dismissed for non performance or cause as determined by a simple majority of the sitting board of Education with no further remuneration as of the date of the vote. Additionally, a Super who terminates his employment (quits before the contract term expire) violates his contract and therefore must repay the Board all of it's costs in it's search for that Super, relinquishes all claims to remuneration to the point of date of ceasing employment and further must repay any pension funds extended in the employees behalf. The contract should protect the School District in every way. I am bothered by the concept of seeking sitting Supers...does that men they will jump ship if we hire them? What does that say about contracts and pledges to stick to agreements? Maybe looking for a aspiring candidate would serve us better!

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