The Oak Park District 97 Board of Education interviewed six candidates seeking to become the district’s next superintendent, according to an email announcement to district staff and families early this month. Interviews were held Dec. 6 and Dec. 9, and the board is expected to meet in the coming weeks to debrief and discuss the next steps in the superintendent selection process, said Amanda Siegfried, the district’s communications director. 

Representatives from the district’s search firm, Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA), initially conducted screening interviews with 13 of the total 19 applicants, Siegfried said. HYA presented a slate of candidates to the board during an executive session on Nov. 30. From there, the board selected its favored six candidates to undergo interviews last week. A superintendent is to be named in early 2022, Siegfried said. 

HYA has continued to use information gathered from surveys, community forums and interviews with stakeholders to help guide the superintendent search process. 

Back in October, the firm released a host of results, revealing the qualities D97 staff, faculty and families were looking for in a new permanent superintendent. They want an individual who can engage with the community; is committed to the district’s mission of equity and prepares young children for high school and beyond; and develops ways to recruit and retain teachers. 

For a complete look at the firm’s “Leadership Profile Report Summary” or updates on the superintendent search process, visit www.op97.org/boe/superintendent-search. 

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