Danville faces first steps in search for new administrators

Danville faces first steps in search for new administrators

DANVILLE — Danville school board members on Wednesday could take the first step in filling several key administrative posts next year.

Five administrators are retiring on June 30. They include Associate Superintendent Dianna Kirk, Danville High School Principal Mark Neil, human resources director Kathy Houpt, educational support services director Diane Hampel and Northeast Elementary Magnet School Principal Cheryl Mcintire.

Superintendent Mark Denman wants to start the search process after Thanksgiving.

"These are such important jobs. We want the best possible candidate pool to choose from," he said.

Under a proposal, the district would post the positions for associate superintendent and high school principal between Nov. 26 and Jan. 2, and the three other positions between Feb. 1 and 23.

Selection committees made up of staff, administration, parent/community and, in some cases, board members would review applications, interview candidates and recommend finalists. Then Denman would conduct final interviews and send a recommendation to the board.

Under a time line, the board could approve the next associate superintendent and Danville High principal on Feb. 13, and people for the other positions on March 13. He said that would give the successors time to work alongside the current administrators before they leave.

While Denman believes there are some qualified candidates within the district, he wants to post the positions with Applitrack, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, districts in Vermilion County and the Large Unit District Association, among other places.

"We want all qualified applicants to apply," he said.

He also said a student advisory committee would have a chance to meet and interview the high school principal finalists and offer their input. That occurred after he left the high school as principal to become associate superintendent.

"The kids really enjoyed it," Denman said. "They gave valuable input."

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