Evanston D.65 moves forward on superintendent search

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District 65 is inching forward on the selection of a new school superintendent with a series of meetings scheduled in the next few weeks.

On Feb. 18, the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates is planning to present seven to 10 candidates to the District 65 board at a closed meeting.

HYA has been screening applications of people interested in replacing former Superintendent Hardy Murphy, who resigned in August after 13 years, stating an interest to pursue educational consulting work.

According to District 65 President Tracy Quattrocki, the board will review that slate and then will select which if any – of the candidates they would like to meet with in person on Thursday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, March 1. After those two days of closed meetings, the roster of candidates should be narrowed down, and the board likely will ask for another round of interviews on their way to making a selection.

“At this point I am very excited to see the candidates,” Quattrocki said after Monday’s board meeting. “The process has been very smooth but we are just starting out.”

Barbara Hiller, a former district assistant superintendent, is serving as chief administrative officer in 2013-14 while the district’s business manager and School Treasurer Mary Brown has the title of interim superintendent to satisfy state regulations.

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