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District 200 moves forward with superintendent search

Six candidates will be interviewed next week

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 10:48 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – District 200 will narrow its search to six candidates within a week and select a new superintendent within a month, if all goes as planned.

The school board is gearing up for a final push to replace Ellyn Wrzeski, who will retire from her position at the end of June.

“It’s exciting and maybe a little stressful,” board President Paul Meyer said. “There’s a lot going into it. You want to make the right choice for the district going forward.”

Board members will get their first look at the candidate pool Tuesday during the closed session of a special meeting.

A search firm hired by the district – Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates – has screened more than 60 applicants during its search, which started in September, Meyer said. On Tuesday, it will present the slate of suitable choices to board members, who will narrow the list to six people.

Those candidates will be interviewed by the board Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.

From that group, three finalists will be selected. Each will get a day to further learn the district, go through a second round of interviews and meet the public.

The public forums will be from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 to 23. Audience members will have the chance to ask candidates questions.

“It was done when they hired Ellyn,” Meyer said. “It worked really well. This community likes to be open, be transparent.”

Board members will hold a second round of private interviews for the three remaining candidates the evenings of their respective public forums.

They expect to select a candidate by late January, but an announcement won’t come until after he or she accepts the position, Meyer said.

The new superintendent will take over July 1.

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