D135 Taking Superintendent Hiring Back Into Own Hands

The Orland School District 135 Board of Education won’t be contracting with the Illinois Association of School Boards to help with the upcoming permanent superintendent search.

Orland School District 135 board of education members got their first look at a tentative timeline for hiring a permanent superintendent.

Details of the search have not been released, but the approach is expected to be different than the most recent search, , according to board president John Carmody.

This time, the board will be picking their own top candidates from the entire pool of applicants.

“It’s a much longer process. It asks more of each board member,” Carmody said. “But it worked out fantastically when we hired Dennis (Soustek). I was never fully comfortable with not knowing who all applied and not getting to see possibly good candidates.”

When Paul Howell stepped the district took on services from the IASB to find a permanent super, while Dennis Soustek resumed his former superintendent role in interim during the search.

But the board could .

The hope in starting a search around when the school year begins, which is when more candidates start applying for superintendent positions, will be more fruitful, Carmody said.

“This time we’re following a more traditional process,” Carmody said. “We should have a real large pool of candidates and I think we’ll be able to make real strong decisions.”

During Monday night’s meeting, board member Tom Cunningham asked what credentials they would be looking for in candidates. Carmody said the standards would be similar to the recent search, unless any board members had new suggestions.

New administrators for Centennial School and Jerling Junior High got the official thumbs up from the board Monday night.

David Kennedy and Jennifer Nichols are now Jerling’s new principal and assistant principal, respectively. .

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iceman63 July 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I hope this is not a facade. “But it worked out fantastically when we hired Dennis (Soustek)." Carmody WAS NOT part of that "we." The only members who were part of hiring Dennis are Mary Bragg and Cunningham, and I question the motives of the latter mention. The Board is doing the right thing to not rush into hiring just anyone, but I have a concern about professionalism and objectivity of decisions when it comes to Board members "taking care of" their friends and family or certain Administrators who are golfing buddies or get tickets for events for their families and date nights. Not only is it unethical, but I will bet that like any business, there is a policy about this.
Tom Cunningham July 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Iceman63: Why can't you put your name to the comment? Why do you hide from the public eye? I have never wavered from the public and its comments, bad or good. Having lived in Orland Park for the last 26yrs, people know that I am not afraid to take on a difficult subject. We are all entitled to our opinions. You make mention of the latter above, ME, and take a stance of cowardice. It is the lack of respect for others opinions that is WRONG! This is America still, for the rest of this year any way! It is sad that people come here to voice their opinion but can't be honest with the motive when they hide behind some bogus name!


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