District 156 beginning its superintendent interviews

McHENRY – School District 156 officials this week began conducting the first round of interviews with applicants for the superintendent position.

The school board received applications and selected candidates for the first round of interviews, which included some Wednesday, school board President Chad Mihevc said.

More interviews will occur through the rest of the month.

On Nov. 28, the Superintendents Advisory Council – a group of district leaders and community residents – held an open forum for the public to offer feedback about the next superintendent’s roles and responsibilities. Several board members attended, Mihevc said.

At the forum, community members suggested the school board consider the candidates’ philosophy on teaching and financial acumen during interviews and the evaluation process.

The district is restructuring its technology department to boost efficiency and enhance technology education.

There’s no firm timetable on when board officials plan to hire the next superintendent, Mihevc said.

In October, Gina Swinney announced plans to retire at the end of this school year after serving one year as the superintendent of McHenry High School District 156. She succeeded Teresa Lane in December 2011.

When her contract expires June 30, Swinney will cap off an education career spanning three decades in McHenry.

She launched her teaching career in 1980, when she was hired to teach English at McHenry High School East Campus. Swinney went on to serve as dean at West Campus, an assistant principal at Valley View School and Parkland Middle School, and director of learning and assistant superintendent at District 15.

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