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updated: 2/26/2014 3:28 PM

Search firm uses district, community input to find superintendent

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Community Unit District 300 staff, board members, parents and the community have spoken, and a search firm hired to find the district's next superintendent has listened.

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates has compiled a profile based on district recommendations and posted the feedback online Wednesday, said Steve Humphrey, the Rosemont firm's executive vice president.

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The firm is using the information to help recruit the person who will replace Superintendent Michael Bregy.

Bregy is leaving the district at the end of the school year to oversee Highland Park-based North Shore School District 112. He has been with District 300 14 years and superintendent since 2011.

The respondents said traits, among others, the new superintendent should possess are:

• Act with integrity, foster a positive, professional climate and respect the staff and community.

• Articulate the vision and support further implementation and accountability for the strategic plan.

• Balance collaboration and relationship building with making tough decisions.

• Define school board and superintendent roles.

• Be an effective listener who will represent the concerns and interests of all.

• Embrace and support the diversity of the community and make decisions that support those differences.

• Exhibit political savvy and lead the district as legislative and funding challenges arise.

• Have experience as a building and district leader and demonstrate success in moving a district forward.

• Understand the focus on teaching, learning and accountability for improved student learning.

• Be visible, accessible and demonstrate strong communication skills with internal and external constituent groups.

The firm used interviews, focus groups and an online survey to gather information from community stakeholders.

Humphrey said a 87 people provided input through interviews and focus groups, and 515 completed the anonymous online survey.

"The numbers of responses shows people are interested and enthusiastic about their district and want to help with the idea of helping select the next superintendent," Humphrey said.

The district launched a national search for Bregy's replacement and is spending $18,500 for the firm's services, Humphrey said.

So far, 25 candidates have applied, Humphrey said.

The district hopes to hire someone by May.

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