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District 300 names new superintendent

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:43 a.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – A top administrator from a Jacksonville, Florida, school district that serves nearly 124,000 students will become District 300’s next superintendent, a district board member confirmed late Wednesday.

Fred Heid, the chief academic officer for Duval County Public Schools, will soon make the move from Florida to Carpentersville to replace Superintendent Michael Bregy, who leaves District 300 at the end of the month to lead North Shore District 112 in Highland Park.

Board Vice President Joe Stevens told the Northwest Herald that Heid brings a wealth of academic experience to District 300. The board and Heid have agreed to a three-year contract with an annual salary of $210,000.

“During his many interviews, Mr. Heid stressed that he is first and foremost an educator and instructional leader,” Stevens said. “The board is confident in this selection and looks forward to Mr. Heid leading this district.”

The board is expected to formally approve Heid as the district’s next superintendent during its May 28 meeting. Heid will be available to meet district parents, staff and the media at a reception following the meeting at Westfield Community School in Algonquin. A bilingual administrator fluent in Spanish, Heid has earned numerous accolades during his time at Florida schools.

Before starting at the Duval County Public Schools in December 2012, he spent two years at the Florida Department of Education after working as a principal at an Orange County, Florida, middle school.

He soon will lead the sixth largest school district in Illinois. The board had wanted a candidate who would build upon the academic and fiscal success Bregy oversaw during his nearly three years as District 300 superintendent.

In January, the board contracted Rosemont-based firm Hazard, Young and Attea for $18,500 to assist with the superintendent search. The search firm helped the board narrow a pool of candidates to two finalists before the board conducted exclusive interviews with the candidates.

Heid received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Florida, and he has finished his course work for his Ph.D. from Capella University, based in Minneapolis. He currently is working on his dissertation that will earn him his Ph.D., Stevens said.

Heid will move within District 300 with his wife, Patty, and his elementary-aged child once he secures housing, Stevens said.

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