During a Committee of the Whole meeting held virtually on Dec. 3, District 200 school board President Sara Dixon Spivy updated the public on the board’s search for outgoing Supt. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams’ replacement.
Pruitt-Adams announced last month her intention to retire at the end of this academic year. At the time, she also said she wanted the current board to hire her successor before a new board is sworn-in after the upcoming April 2021 election.
During the Dec. 3 meeting, Spivy said the district would issue a request for proposals for a search firm on Dec. 4 with bids closing by mid-December. She said the board will rank the bid proposals and determine which firms they want to interview on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.
Spivy said the interview process may not take two days. She said the length of the interviews will depend on how many bids are submitted.
The board president added that the “meat of the search process” will take place in February.
“Hopefully, we’ll have applicants interviewing by March,” she said, with the board choosing a selection in “late March or April.”
When former D200 superintendent Steven Isoye resigned to become head of Niles District 219 in 2016, the board hired BWP and Associates to facilitate the search for his successor.
The firm also facilitated the search for an interim superintendent. The D200 board unanimously voted to hire Pruitt-Adams as interim in June 2016 before she was ultimately named permanent superintendent in December 2016.
The D200 school board unanimously approved Pruitt-Adams’ retirement at a regular meeting on Nov. 19. She cited family reasons for her decision to retire.
“I have grown so much personally and professionally being here, but I would be remiss if I did not say it’s also been a challenge — both personally and professionally,” the superintendent stated at the time.
“Being away from family has been difficult and it’s time for me to return,” she said. “I’ve been in education 44 years, 30 of which have been in administration, and I have had the luxury of those 44 years doing the only thing I have ever aspired to do in my life and that was to be an educator.”