District 25 board starts interviewing for Bein successor

Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board members Monday night began a series of closed door interviews with people who want to become the next district superintendent.

The special closed session meeting at the Dunton Administration Building will be followed by subsequent meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. All meetings begin in open session at 6:30 p.m., then immediately convene into closed session, which is permitted under state law for the appointment and employment of specific employees.

Under the original timeline set by consultants from search firm School Exec Connect, board members were to interview between five to seven candidates recommended by the firm after an initial screening of all those who applied.

The elected panel is looking for a successor to Lori Bein, who is planning to retire after a decade in District 25 when her contract expires June 30, 2024.

The board interviews this week follow a community survey and series of focus groups of teachers, administrators, middle school students, Arlington Heights village officials and nonprofit leaders held in September.

The consultants said they used the feedback to develop a new superintendent profile report of a dozen sought-after skills, attributes and qualities people want in a new leader.

Following the interviews, the board intends to narrow the field to two or three finalists, then schedule another round of talks with them next week.

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