Board of Education Announcements
Skokie School District 73.5 Board of Education Member Appointee
August 8, 2020
Following the Special/Closed Board Meeting held on Wednesday, August 5th, for the purpose of conducting Board candidate interviews, the members of the Board have selected Ms. Crystal Johnson to fill the Board vacancy.
Ms. Johnson will be seated as a member of the Board at the Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Board of Education meeting.
Ms. Johnson's term will be August 11, 2020, through April 6, 2021, which is the next Board election.
Nicholas Werth, President
Skokie School District 73.5 Board of Education
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Notice of Skokie School District 73.5 Board of Education Vacancy
July 13, 2020
There is currently an open seat on the Skokie School District 73.5 Board of Education due to the resignation of Board Member Scott Bramley. The candidate chosen and appointed by the Members of the Board of Education will fill the vacancy until the end of Mr. Bramley’s term in April 2021.
To be eligible, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen 18 years or older, a registered voter, and must have been a resident of School District 73.5 for at least one year. Prospective applicants can pick up an application packet in the Skokie School District 73.5 District Office, 8000 East Prairie Road, Skokie, IL, during regular business hours.
Completed applications with supporting materials (a résumé that lists educational and professional history and evidence to support the qualifications to serve as a Board Member) should be directed to the attention of the Skokie School District 73.5 Secretary to the Board of Education, Laurie Taylor, 8000 East Prairie Road, Skokie, IL 60076.
Applicants have until Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 12:00 noon, to submit their completed applications to the Skokie School District 73.5 District Office.
For additional information, contact Ms. Taylor at 847.676.8237.
May 11, 2020
As outlined in our April 29th letter to the community, the Board has hired BWP and Associates to assist in the search for a new superintendent. The first step in this process was the hiring of interim superintendents. To provide leadership for the district during the 2020-2021 school year we have interviewed several teams of successful retired superintendents and have selected Dr. John Correll and Ellen Correll as Interim Superintendents starting on July 1st. Dr. Correll and Ms. Correll are currently serving in a similar interim capacity in the Antioch School District. Prior to that Dr. Correll was the long serving superintendent for the Salt Creek School District in Oak Brook. Ms. Correll was the superintendent for the Grayslake Elementary schools for 12 years. Both have strong backgrounds in curriculum and instruction. Due to pension limitations retired administrators can work no more than 120 days. Therefore, we expect that each will work 100 days, giving us coverage for 200 days. Due to the pandemic it is highly unlikely that we will be able to host a meet and greet, but optimistically we hope it is possible through the use of technology.
The search for a permanent superintendent will commence in September and we will include the opportunity for teachers, administration, staff and community members to contribute input.
On April 28th, Middleton principal Courtney Goodman shared her news that she has accepted a position with Field Elementary School. Pending approval at the May 12th school board meeting, we have also engaged BWP to assist in leading a search for a new principal. BWP will be soliciting input from staff and parents as we move forward to fill this position. To assist in obtaining input an online survey of staff and community will be launched on May 14th and can be accessed through the D73.5 website, social media, and via email. Advertising for principal candidates is going on right now and is open to internal and external applicants.
Finally, our Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Becky Mathison has accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction of West Northfield District 31. Given the current search for a new superintendent and the urgency of the current pandemic, we felt hiring an interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the 2020-2021 school year was the best decision for the district. We made this decision so as to give the newly appointed superintendent a chance to have input into the selection of this key administrator as well as teachers and staff. Applications will be accepted from internal and external candidates beginning in the fall. Moving forward, we have offered the Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction position to Dr. Dawn Green. Dr. Green is currently the interim superintendent in LaGrange District 105. Prior to that she was superintendent/curriculum director in Palos Heights and Somonauk. She has also held a curriculum leadership role in the Bloomington/Normal schools. Again, due to pension limitations Dr. Green will work a maximum of 120 days.
We thank all the departing administrators for their years of service and wish them well in their new positions. We look forward to partnering with the staff and community as we transition and identify the next superintendent for our amazing district. The district will be in good hands.
Nick Werth, President
District 73.5 Board of Education