Stakeholder/Confidential Committee set to interview D64 Superintendent finalists

Stakeholder/Confidential Committee set to interview D64 Superintendent finalists

A 17-member Stakeholder/Confidential Committee has been assembled to interview two finalists as the search for Park Ridge-Niles School District 64’s new Superintendent of Schools moves to the next phase. 

Working with its search consultants School Exec Connect, the D64 Board of Education at its February 25, 2019 meeting fine-tuned plans for the 17-person stakeholder group, which is expected to interview the final candidates on March 11 and 12 and provide written feedback to the Board prior to its interviews later those evenings.

The stakeholder committee includes representatives of the District’s three main employee groups: Park Ridge Education Association (PREA) President Jerry Mulvihill; Park Ridge Teacher Assistants Association (PRTAA) Vice President Anne Heneghan; and Support Staff Council (SSC) President Jason Borst. 

The District’s senior administration team is represented by Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Joel Martin; Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Lori Lopez; and Chief School Business Official Luann Kolstad. Building administrators include: Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Kevin Dwyer; Carpenter Elementary School Principal Brett Balduf; and Emerson Middle School Assistant Principal Tim Benka.

Representatives from school related organizations include Carpenter School PTO Co-President Jenny Adams and District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation Vice-Chair Michael Schaab.

In addition to identifying representatives from the District’s employee, administrators and parent organizations, the Board reserved five seats for parents of students from a mix of grade levels and participation in special education and the gifted program. The final two seats were reserved for community members who do not currently have a student enrolled in D64 or are employed by D64. All seven parent/community members must have been a resident of D64 for at least one year. The Board directed School Exec Connect to conduct a lottery from among the 110 online applications received for these seven spots.

The parent representatives include: Tracey Edsey; Diane Lipman; Margarita Mora; Lea Nissen; and Stephanie Thillens. The community members are Tony Parker and Kim Zinman. 

Previously, the Board agreed that candidates for election to the D64 Board of Education on April 2 would participate only as observers during the stakeholder committee interviews. They include: Steven Blindauer; Sal Galati; Gareth Kennedy; Rebecca Little; Lisa Page; Denise Pearl; and Carol Sales. Current D64 Board member Tom Sotos, who is also running for re-election, will participate as a Board member in interviews later in the evening.

The D64 Board earlier agreed that all those involved in the search would hold candidate names confidential throughout the process. Therefore, all stakeholder committee members and Board election candidates will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to participate in the March 11 and 12 sessions.

Read more about the Superintendent Search here.