Community Unit District 300 officials say they want a leader with the same vision as the one who's leaving: A superintendent who prioritizes education and technology in the classroom.
But the public might have a different view of the ideal candidate to replace outgoing Superintendent Michael Bregy.
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That's why district officials are inviting the public -- including parents, elected officials and all residents -- to share their ideas at a focus group scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at central office, 300 Cleveland Ave., in Carpentersville.
Invitations started going out Sunday, and the session is expected to last an hour.
"We're not looking for a major change in direction like we were when we brought Dr. Bregy on." board member Joe Stevens said. "We want the public to confirm that's what they want or if they're happy or unhappy with that."
Bregy, District 300's superintendent for three years, is leaving at the end of the school year to head North Shore School District 112 based in Highland Park.
Bregy accepted the job last month, and District 300 has launched a national search for his replacement.
While Bregy has agreed to bring his eventual successor up to speed, he will not be involved in the public input process.
"We already know where he's at with how he's operating the district," Stevens said.
The board will forward the public comments to Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the recruiting company hired to secure Bregy's replacement. Trustees will share their own views at a later date and won't review what the public said until after trustees give their own input.
Once the sessions are over and a consensus is reached, the board will match the candidates with the shared vision and interview them accordingly; the goal is to have candidates lined up next month and to have someone in place by the end of May.
"We're on a fast track," Stevens said.
If you want to give your feedback, but can't attend the session, the district invites you to take an anonymous survey no later than Feb. 16. It is available in both English and Spanish.