Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181’s new superintendent has decided to hold off on filling one of two assistant superintendent positions being vacated because of resignations.
Don White is hoping to present a recommendation for a new assistant superintendent of human resources to the School Board at its June 23 meeting. However, White said he plans to fill the opening left by Kevin Russell, assistant superintendent of learning, with an interim replacement and not post the opening for a permanent administrator until November.
“It’s such a critical position for this district,” White said. “There are so many changes in curriculum taking place now. Taking more time gives the opportunity to find the person who is the best fit for us.”
The new assistant superintendent for human resources will replace Doug Eccarius. Both he and Russell are leaving for positions in other school districts.
White doesn’t seem at all daunted by having to replace two district administrators very early in his own tenure.
“It’s not hard to find qualified people; it’s about the match,” he said. “I’m just getting to know this district and its needs.”
Interviews for the assistant superintendent of human resources are scheduled for scheduled for June 12.
White said the district received application materials from 78 people interested in the job. A list of 18 candidates was compiled and sent to Eccarius and Kurt Schneider, District 181’s other assistant superintendent of learning, who narrowed the field to a final five who will be interviewed.
“They will participate in a team interview with administrators, (Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers Association) representatives, and one (Hinsdale Educational Support Staff) representative,” White said, adding he and Schneider also will conduct interviews.
The final five candidates will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their technology and writing skills when they spend time responding to an on-site writing prompt, White said.
Along with likely being asked to approve a new assistant superintendent of human resources June 23, the board also is scheduled to vote on a recommendation of a new facilities coordinator. Jim Prusa formerly held the position, but has been on leave since January. His resignation is effective June 30.
Gary Frisch, assistant superintendent of business and operations, has been leading that selection process with assistance from Grant Sabo, interim facilities coordinator; Sue Kamuda, former buildings & grounds director; and Debbie Prasch, buildings & grounds secretary.Tags: Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181