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D-300 waiting to name superintendent

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:07 p.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 board members have negotiated terms with an out-of-state candidate to replace Superintendent Michael Bregy, but they still need clearance from the state before making the deal official.

Board member Joe Stevens told the Northwest Herald that the candidate still has to take two tests required by Illinois law and have the Illinois State Board of Education approve his education credentials before the board can make a formal announcement.

The candidate needs to work through the procedures since he’s coming from a state “where he has not been licensed as a superintendent,” Stevens said. Stevens would not say whether the candidate has had prior superintendent experience.

Officials from the Carpentersville-based school district are not identifying the candidate or the state where he currently works while the Illinois review process is ongoing.

“We are cautiously optimistic that we will have the tests done and answer from the state board by early next week,” Stevens said. “The contract has been negotiated, but it can’t be signed until he meets all the criteria.”

The board could announce the candidate at its regular meeting Monday, if he quickly works through the process. If not, members will make an announcement and vote on his contract before Bregy leaves the district on May 31, Stevens said.

“We are not worried about this,” he said. “It’s just a process we have to go through.”

Bregy accepted a job in January to become superintendent of North Shore District 112 in Highland Park. The district immediately launched a national search to find his replacement.

Board members have been working with consultants from Rosemont-based recruitment firm Hazard, Young and Attea on identifying and interviewing candidates. The board originally wanted to have a new superintendent named by late April.

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