CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 board members are close to naming the next superintendent to lead the sixth largest school district in Illinois.
The seven-member board later this week will interview the two finalists from a nationwide search that began in January, when Superintendent Michael Bregy announced he would be leaving in May to take the same position at a Highland Park district.
Tight-lipped about the finalists, member Joe Stevens said the board could begin negotiating with one of the remaining candidates if interviews proceed well this week.
The board still wants to name someone by the end of this month, he said.
“We are very excited about both candidates and think both can not just maintain what we are doing, but move us forward in positive directions,” Stevens said.
The Carpentersville-based district contracted recruitment firm Hazard, Young and Attea for roughly $18,500 to assist board members with the superintendent search.
After conducting various focus groups with the community, the firm eventually narrowed a pool of 15 candidates to five semifinalists last month.
Administrators and board members separately interviewed the five candidates, before the board selected two finalists, Stevens said. Once the board completes final interviews, members will confer with administrators and began negotiating with their preferred choice.
Members want to name Bregy’s successor before he leaves for North Shore District 112 at the end of May. The search has unfolded well, Stevens said.
“We are pretty pleased with the quality of candidates we’ve seen,” he said. “We are especially pleased with the two.”