Bregy leaving District 300; search begun for new superintendent
By Suzanne Baker firstname.lastname@example.org January 21, 2014 9:04PM
District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy.
Updated: February 24, 2014 12:46PM
Superintendent Michael Bregy is leaving Community Unit School District 300.
At the end of District 300’s Legislative Forum on Tuesday night, Board Vice President Joe Stevens announced that the North Shore School District 112 had voted that evening to hire Bregy as its new superintendent. District 112 serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade and is based in Highland Park.
Bregy, who will work through the end of the school year, is expected to provide his official letter of resignation later.
Stevens said District 300 remains committed to continuing the district’s progress after Bregy leaves and already has initiated a search — including internal and external candidates — for a new superintendent to begin the 2014-15 school year.
The board contacted the firm of Hazzard Young & Attea, which is familiar with the District 300 school system. Stevens said the board was assured that multiple qualified candidates will be available for interviews and that there should be no need to hire an interim superintendent.
The board plans to work closely with representatives of all stakeholders in the selection of the new superintendent and will continue to keep the public updated as the process moves forward, officials said.
Bregy said the difficult decision to consider the move came after a search firm representing District 112 persistently recruited him.
He emphasized with appreciation that it was his formative experiences and collective successes in District 300 that have prepared him for this new chapter in his life.
Bregy began his career in the district as an assistant principal at Jacobs High School in Algonquin, after which he served as Jacobs principal for six years before becoming superintendent three years ago.
“For the last 14 years, District 300 has taken top priority in my life,” Bregy said. “I have never had a professional day here that I was unhappy, even during our most challenging times. I was certainly not looking for other job opportunities, but rather the opportunity came to me.”
School Board President Anne Miller said the board thanks Bregy for his hard work and constant energy. She said Bregy was instrumental in strengthening the district’s focus on education and students, establishing an innovative and talented Teaching & Learning Team, relentlessly battling the extension of the Sears Economic Development Area state tax breaks, and implementing the district’s long-range strategic plan.
“We have the utmost confidence in our very talented and dedicated administrators, principals, teachers and staff to work together for a smooth transition,” Miller said. “I have no doubt that we will select another highly qualified individual to continue our forward progress into the future.”