Danville board to hear from search firms

Danville board to hear from search firms

DANVILLE — School board members today hope to have a better idea of who'll be helping them search for Superintendent Mark Denman's successor.

The board is holding a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to hear presentations from representatives of four professional educational leadership search firms and the Illinois Association of School Boards.

The firms are: BWP & Associates, LLC, of Libertyville; Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, of Rosemont; PROACT Search, of Wilmette; and School Exec Connect, of Highland Park.

Each presentation on the firm's experience and search tactics will be followed by a brief Q&A period. Board members will discuss the candidates after the presentations, but won't vote on whether to contract with one of them until their July 16 meeting or later.

"The school board association will be really familiar with most of the candidates in Illinois, while some of the firms might have a broader reach," board President Bill Dobbles said. "We want to see what they've done, what their track record has been like, their recruiting methods and whether they've recruited for districts like ours."

Denman is retiring on June 30, 2015 after 41 years with the district. The firm that's selected would announce the vacancy nationally, create a list of qualifications the board is looking for, come up with district and community profiles for potential candidates and screen applicants, among other things.

"They're going to find the candidates who fit what we need," Dobbles said. "The board will make the final decision, but there are a lot of steps in between."

Before the board makes its final decision, Dobbles said he hopes the community has a chance to meet and question the finalists, like they did during the last search. That will be up to the board, he said.

On tap

What: Danville school board meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville

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