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Downers Grove South High School begins search for next principal

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 10:42 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – After leading South High and working in education for more than 30 years, Principal Steve Bild is retiring at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

"Under Bild’s leadership, South High has made notable strides in student achievement and in preparing for the Common Core State Standards," the school district said in a post to its website.

The school is ranked as one of the best public high schools in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek magazines. Bild has also been recognized for his work in closing the achievement gap among minority students.

The school district met with parents at an advisory board meeting Sept. 17 to review the timeline and process for finding Bild's successor.

To guide the selection process, the school district is surveying students, parents, staff members and others in the South High community. To participate, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/DGSPrincipalSearch.

The deadline to take the survey is Nov. 4.

According to the school's website, it plans to publicly post the position the week of Oct. 7, and meet with the administration teem and cabinet. Applications will be due Nov. 1, and the district plans to interview finalists in December.

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