To the Editor:
With the recent resignation of the School District 155 superintendent, I would like to offer input, guidance and well wishes for our board in naming a successor. Two words come to mind: character counts. The saying goes, character is what you do when no one else is looking. Look for character in the man or woman who is chosen for the permanent position, beyond their curriculum vitae and the catalog of certifications that will grace the biographies of those who are up for consideration.
Character of an organization is set by top management through their conduct and actions both inside and outside of the professional position. During my time in District 155, I was the benefactor of that top-down high standard of character on the playing field, the vocational shop floor and in the advanced placement laboratories.
As a chief executive of a business organization, I have enjoyed the good fortune of selecting people of good character and the considerable expense and damage of those of questionable character. Many of my employees have been with me for over a decade and have found ways to develop their own talents for the betterment of the organization, because their character compels them so. I am in the proud position to claim many of my senior managers have been promoted from within. The board would also be wise to take a hard look within District 155 for not only character, but talent and a vested stake in the District 155 communities.
R. Scott Bartmess