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Huntley School District 158 approves interim superintendent, search firm contract

HUNTLEY – The Huntley School District 158 Board approved Bradley Hawk as interim superintendent Tuesday.

The board also approved hiring executive search firm Hazard Young, Attea & Associates of Schaumburg – part of the ECRA Group – for $17,500 to find the district's next leader.

The search process will include conducting focus groups with various stakeholders to establish goals and criteria for the next superintendent.

A survey will be sent out soon to get input from civic leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, students and the community.

The firm has begun recruitment by making phone calls and advertising the position on its website. It hopes to have semifinalist interviews at the beginning of April and have a public announcement of the next superintendent April 19.

The new superintendent will resume responsibilities July 1.

Most boards request a slate of five or six candidates to interview, but it is up to the board to decide how many they'd like, Executive Vice President Steve Humphrey said. Several board members said they'd like to keep the search confidential for now, instead of hosting public interviews.

Hawk, who will begin Feb. 1, will be paid no more than $72,000 to work the remainder of the 2017-18 school year, according to his drafted contract. He also will be available for phone consultation to the replacement superintendent for four weeks on an as-needed basis, district documents show.

Superintendent John Burkey is resigning from his position, effective Jan. 31, to take a new job as executive director of the Large Unit District Association.

Hawk is a Northern Illinois University professor and the former Burlington Central School District 301 superintendent. He served as interim superintendent for DeKalb School District 428 in 2016, according to a letter he wrote to District 428.

Hawk would be paid $900 a day and would not work more than 80 days through the end of the school year. The board will not offer Hawk any medical insurance, vacation time or sick time. He will be reimbursed for any mileage, documents show.

Burkey was paid a $215,000 base salary for the 2016-17 school year.

Hawk lives in Crystal Lake, where his wife, Jill Hawk, previously served as superintendent of Community High School District 155.

Burkey will work for the Springfield-based Large Unit District Association, which supports the 53 largest school districts in Illinois with networking, professional development and advocacy.

The district will spend $1,950 on job advertising to let people know about the superintendent position's opening.

Tentative timeline for finding the next district's leader:

— Interviews and focus groups: Jan. 29, 30, 31

— Online survey to get feedback opened Jan. 28 and closed Feb. 11

— Slate of candidates presented to the board: March 22

— Board initial interviews: March 30, 31

— Semi-finalist interviews: April 2-6

— Board meets to identify preferred candidate: April 7

— Target for public announcement: April 19

— Superintendent resumes responsibilities: July 1

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