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posted: 8/21/2012 9:56 PM

District 121 ready to seek new superintendent

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Warren Township High School in Gurnee is preparing to launch a search for a permanent superintendent who would take over for the 2013-14 academic year.

Mary Perry-Bates was appointed interim superintendent in late June after Jeff Brierton resigned from the post before he ever started. Perry-Bates has been assistant superintendent and is set to retire in June 2013.

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At a meeting Tuesday night, Warren District 121 board President John Anderson said officials plan to seek proposals from consultants to assist in the superintendent search.

Board members agreed that representatives from the Illinois Association of School Boards and search firms specializing in administrative hires should be invited to make presentations on their services. The school board association may be invited to a District 121 meeting in late September or in October.

"We'll call some folks and get that ball rolling," Anderson said.

Anderson said he expects the search to be a time-consuming effort for officials over the next six months. He said the new District 121 boss would be in place for the 2012-13 school year.

Some consideration was given to hiring another interim superintendent to help Perry-Bates this year, said Anderson, but that idea won't be pursued.

Brierton received a severance package of more than $250,000 when he quit just before he was supposed to advance from a Warren principal to superintendent on July 1.

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