New law would allow U-46's CEO to become superintendent
A new state law could allow Elgin Area School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders to also serve with the same authority and powers as superintendent of the state's second-largest school district.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law Friday. It allows a school board to appoint a chief executive officer as its top leader. The law becomes effective June 1, 2017.
"This law gives our board increased flexibility to choose the very best leader to serve our large, diverse school district," said Donna Smith, U-46 school board president. "We are grateful that our legislators and the governor worked to give our students and community as many options as possible while still maintaining a high bar for experience and credentials."
The legislation was sponsored in the House by state Reps. Anna Moeller and Fred Crespo and in the Senate by state Sens. Michael Noland and Andy Manar. It was written specifically with U-46 in mind, establishing criteria including placement in three counties and population distinct to the district.
U-46 covers more than 90 square miles and serves students in 11 communities within Cook, DuPage and Kane counties. It comprises 57 prekindergarten through 12th-grade schools serving more than 40,000 students.
Per the new law, a CEO is required to demonstrate strong administrative abilities and proven management experience. The candidate also must hold a master's degree and have been employed with the school district for a minimum of five years in an administrative capacity, be responsible for the management of the district, and have all other powers and duties of a superintendent.