A dozen applicants for both Oak Park middle-school principal positions will be screened by the superintendent starting next week.

The initial 75 applicants for the Brooks and Julian jobs have been narrowed to 12, and the district is still on track to make a hire this June at both schools, said District 97 spokesman Chris Jasculca. According to the district’s timeline, the current group will be whittled down to six or eight candidates, who will be interviewed by Supt. Roberts. They will also be interviewed by a stakeholder committee comprising parents and staff at each school.

The district was originally planning to hire a principal at Julian after Principal Victoria Sharts announced plans to retire this summer. The subsequent resignation of Brooks Principal Tom Sindelar in March opened up that position for a new hire as well. The district has decided to select the Brooks principal from the current pool of Julian applicants.

Selection timeline

February and March: Recruitment

  • Recruit candidates utilizing national networks
  • Receive and process applications
  • Select candidates to be screened using leadership and selection criteria
  • Conduct initial screening of selected applicants
  • Select top six to eight qualified candidates for formal interviews

April and May: Selection

  • Identify interview team
  • Present slate to the interview team
  • Conduct interviews and recommend top three as finalists
  • Finalists interviewed by the superintendent
  • Conduct site visits, if possible
  • Preferred candidate selected by the superintendent
  • Recommendation to the board May 22, 2012

June: Appointment

  • Board approval in June 12, 2012
  • Send letters of regret to finalists not chosen
  • Announce appointment
  • Introductions to board, faculty, staff, parents and Community
  • Transition planning for new principal — Setting goals and define expectations

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