Superintendent Candidate 3: Darryl Taylor

Again, my roadmap is the Board Policies, which state the Superintendent is to:

  1. Directing the day-to-day operations of the District’s schools, services, and programs.
  2. Conducting research and recommending plans for the short- and long-range goals, services, and programs of the District.
  3. Evaluating the entire District’s operations, programs, services, and personnel on a regular, scheduled basis.

And again, Dr. Malito is my role-model for these.

Dr. Darryl Taylor

Dr. Darryl Taylor is the only candidate to have experience as a full-blown Superintendent under his belt. And since 2007 at that, which is not too shabby. Prior to that, Read the rest of this entry »

Superintendent Candidate 2: Johnnie Thomas

Again, I am using the standing Board Policies; the Superintendent is charged with:

  1. Directing the day-to-day operations of the District’s schools, services, and programs.
  2. Conducting research and recommending plans for the short- and long-range goals, services, and programs of the District.
  3. Evaluating the entire District’s operations, programs, services, and personnel on a regular, scheduled basis.

And again, I am using Dr. Malito as an active roll model, an embodiment of those qualities.

Dr. Johnnie Thomas

Dr. Johnnie Thomas was awarded his doctorate in August of 2010 and has not yet had the opportunity to spread those particular wings; he has worked his way up from being a social worker in 2000, and appears to have worked primarily in School District 365-U (not sure what the “U” means, yet). In fact, Read the rest of this entry »

Superintendent Candidate 1: Steven M. Cobb

So here goes a 4-part series looking at each of the candidates to the Superintendent of Unit 4. My goal is to invite discussion on these candidates, and I hope to do so by laying a groundwork of my own thoughts. Which are highly subjective. 🙂 But I hope they contain a measure of objectivity from time to time. But the point is you are free to disagree – I would love to hear your thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

Superintendent Search Committee: who are these people?

Here are the members of the Superintendent Search Committee, published by Unit 4:

Nathaniel Banks, Laurie Bonnett, Charles Burton, Joan Dixon, Peter Fox, Ginny Holder, Charles Larenas, Pat Lewis, Rebecca Motley, Prue Runkle, Ryan Searby, Jennifer Shelby, Seth Swartz, Mirelsie Velazquez, Scott Walter and Barb Wilson

What do you know about these folks? Read the rest of this entry »

BOE names 4 finalists for the Superintendent Search

re: http://www.champaignschools.org/superintendent-search.html

Just making a quick scoop – more later.

  • Mr. Steven M. Cobb, Chief Academic Officer, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Dr. Darryl Taylor, Superintendent, Lincoln Elementary School District 156, Calumet City, IL
  • Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Associate Superintendent for Student Services for Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Dr. Judy Wiegand, Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Pupil Services, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Champaign, IL

After glancing through the resumes, I am disappointed that ZERO have Superintendent experience in a district our size, and worse, only ONE has any superintendent experience in a school district (that with 1000 students). Granted, they all have skills and abilities which need to be looked at, but for anyone hoping to land someone who has run similarly sized districts is going to be sorely disappointed.

And here are some relevant NG articles:
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2011-12-09/wiegand-applied-champaign-superintendents-job-late-november.html
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2011-12-09/unit-4-official-among-4-finalists-champaign-superintendent.html

Superintendent Search

I continue to be supremely impressed by Dr. Bob Malito. When I talk to Board Members, Committee members and commutity members, I always hear good things about this man. So now I am hunting for anything negative – I am looking for that “different opinion”.

 

My challenge to the Board of Education is “If you cannot find any candidates for the position of Superintendent that impress you as much as Dr. Malito, reject them outright!“. We do not want a second-rate school Chief. We do not want someone who is “good enough”. Dr. Malito is working hard to set the standard high, why would we want someone who falls below that standard?

 

The obvious paradox, the conundrum, is what if we cannot find anyone that good? I only hope we never find ourselves in that kind of a situation. Our charge to the School Exec Connect folks must be to find us someone we want, not someone we can live with.

Superintendent Search Profile

Lynn Peisker sent out a KCN. I like it. So should you. 🙂

Attached is the profile that has been developed for the next Superintendent for Champaign Schools.  The Board will use this document to guide them as they meet with the six candidates recommended by the search firm on November 7, 2011.  This document is so important because it is based on what you – our parents, staff members and community members – indicated as your priorities for the next Superintendent.  Thank you to those who took the time to respond to the survey, and/or attend one of the focus groups or the forum at Centennial High School that was sponsored by the Junior League of Champaign Urbana Forums.  This report will assist the Board as they enter the next phase as they interview and search for a new Superintendent of Schools.  We anticipate that over the next month or so, two to three applicants will be identified as the final public candidates.  We will once again welcome your input at that time.

Here is the profile itself: Read the rest of this entry »