High interest in Danville school administrator positions
DANVILLE — Danville school officials are pleased with the number of applications they received for two leadership posts they must fill this year.
Superintendent Mark Denman said 31 people applied for the associate superintendent's position, and 15 applied for the Danville High School principal's position by Wednesday's deadline.
"We haven't gone through them yet to make sure they meet all of the qualifications, but we're certainly glad there is interest," Denman said, adding the positions drew applicants from within the district and Illinois as well as out of state. "We look forward to interviewing the qualified candidates and filling these two key positions."
Five administrators are retiring on June 30. They include Associate Superintendent Dianna Kirk, high school Principal Mark Neil, human resources director Kathy Houpt, educational support services director Diane Hampel and Northeast Elementary Magnet School Principal Cheryl Mcintire.
The district posted vacancies for Kirk and Neil's jobs on a number of professional websites on Nov. 26.
Soon, a selection committee of staff, parents and other community members will begin reviewing the qualified applications. Then it will interview candidates and recommend finalists.
Members of the high school's student advisory council also will have a chance to meet the principal finalists, ask them questions and give them a tour of the school.
"This will give the candidates a better sense of the school and the students," Denman said. And the students "will give us their perspective on the candidates. We'll certainly take their thoughts into consideration."
Denman and possibly some board members will interview the finalists and make their recommendations to the board. The board could approve them on Feb. 13.
"It could be a little later than that, depending on how long the process takes," Denman said.
The district plans to post the other three positions between Feb. 1 and 23, use a similar selection process and take recommendations to the board on March 13.