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Qualities for new District 300 superintendent sought

Updated: March 5, 2014 6:11AM

CARPENTERSVILLE — Residents of Community School District 300 can help formulate who will become the new superintendent at a focus group discussion next week.

The school board began a national search for superintendent after Michael Bregy announced last month that he is leaving the district at the end of the school year.

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates was enlisted once again to assist in the search. The firm was used when Bregy and former superintendent Kenneth Arndt were hired.

Bregy is leaving to become superintendent of the North Shore School District 112, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades in Highland Park, Highwood and Fort Sheridan. The district has eight elementary schools and three middle schools, along with an early childhood center. Bregy will replace David Behlow, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

One of the first steps in the superintendent search process is to give the school board ideas on what skills and characteristics should be sought in the new superintendent.

Focus group

A special focus group for the entire District 300 community is planned at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Conference Room B of the District 300 Central Office, 300 Cleveland Ave., Carpentersville. The session should take about an hour and will be moderated by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates.

Parents, students, teachers, support staff, administrators and even residents who have no children in the school system are invited to attend.

Those unable to participate in the Feb. 12 discussion still can have a say in the selection process.

A brief, anonymous survey is available online at The survey must be completed no later than Feb. 16.

The school board suggests that anyone who takes the survey should be advised that all of the characteristics listed are important in a superintendent.

But the board is interested in the survey-takers’ perceptions about which characteristics are most important for the next superintendent.

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