District 171 superintendent search down to one

2013-03-19T12:45:00Z 2013-03-19T20:30:05Z District 171 superintendent search down to oneJoan Carreon Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 19, 2013 12:45 pm  • 

LANSING | The search for a Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 superintendent is down to a single candidate.

Following Monday’s School Board meeting, members said they have someone who they are considering hiring as the district’s chief administrator but first must make some site visits and several phone calls. They say no job offer has been made and they still have some “homework” to do.

On Wednesday, board members are scheduled to visit two different sites where the candidate finalist has been employed. Board President David Lopez said four members will be involved in the visits and the board could be ready to announce its selection at the April 15 meeting.

Neither the board, nor interim Superintendent Barbara West would reveal any specifics about the candidate or where he or she is currently employed.

Lopez would only say the person is “a wonderful candidate” and that the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates “did an excellent job.”

The search firm was hired to help find a successor to former District 171 Superintendent Joseph Majchrowicz, who retired last summer. West, a retired Homewood Elementary District 153 superintendent, was chosen to serve as interim superintendent for the remainder of the current school year.

The search firm has used input from the board, community, staff, teachers and parents to create a list of most wanted qualities and leadership profile for the new superintendent of the Lansing-Lynwood school system.

There were nearly 70 applicants for the position.

In other matters, the board next month is expected to interview candidates interested in serving on the School Board.

Five applicants have expressed interest in being appointed to two impending board vacancies resulting from a shortage of candidates in the April 9 election.

Only two of four board incumbents whose terms are expiring are seeking a return to office in the approaching consolidated election. Lopez and board Secretary Solomon Davis are running for two of the available four, four-year board terms. Board members Dirk Faber and Kenneth Lynch have opted not to seek re-election. Faber, Lynch and board member Lance Lape were not in attendance Monday.

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