Danville contacts firms for superintendent search

Danville contacts firms for superintendent search

DANVILLE — Danville school board members hope to interview representatives from several firms and a state organization next month to determine whether one will conduct its superintendent search.

On Tuesday, board secretary Martha See began contacting the candidates to see if they would be available to give 15- to 20-minute presentations on their search tactics to the board at a special meeting on July 9.

The candidates include BWP & Associates, LLC, of Libertyville; School Exec Connect, of Highland Park; PROACT Search, of Wilmette; Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, of Rosemont; and the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Board member Frank Young asked that the person or team that will be conducting the search make the presentation, if possible.

Earlier this week at a special meeting to discuss the search, Superintendent Mark Denman said the professional educational leadership search firms and IASB were recommended by the board's attorney and/or the Large Unit District Association. Their fees range from about $15,000 to $21,500.

Denman plans to retire on June 30, 2015, after more than 40 years with the district.

Last time, the district conducted its own search because board members felt like they had a such a strong candidate in Denman. A 1971 Danville High graduate, he began teaching in the district in 1975, became an administrator in 1983 and was appointed associate superintendent in 2004, then superintendent in 2009.

This time, board members agreed they should seek outside help to attract the best candidates. The firm that's selected would announce the vacancy nationally, create a list of qualifications the board is looking for, put together a district and community profile for potential candidates and screen applicants, among other things.

Once the firm narrows down the candidates, the board would interview the finalists and make its selection.

Denman hopes the next superintendent is approved around Christmas or early next year. He said that would give his successor a chance to become familiar with the district and offer input on matters that are being discussed.

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