MAPLE PARK – By next week, the Kaneland School District 302 Board is expected to name an interim superintendent.
Jeff Schuler, the current Kaneland superintendent, is leaving the district to become the superintendent at Wheaton Warrenville District 200. He starts his new job Sept. 2. Last week, Cheryl Krauspe, the president of the school board, issued a news release stating the board intends to name an interim superintendent before focusing the search for a permanent replacement for Schuler.
Board members met for almost five hours on Monday night, most of it in executive session, and Krauspe said Tuesday the board hopes to provide a name for approval at next week’s meeting, set for Monday at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.
“I think that Kaneland has been really fortunate that we have interest from so many highly qualified candidates who could fill the interim position,” Krauspe said. “It’s affirming that our reputation is such that we could draw the interest of people as highly qualified as they are.”
Krauspe said the candidates for the interim superintendent position all have experience that would benefit Kaneland. She said the board was “narrowing” the candidate list “to identify the best choice.”
Krauspe said it would be ideal to name an interim superintendent by next week so there could be some time for the person to meet with Schuler before Schuler leaves the district. At that point, Krauspe said, the board can “turn our focus” to developing a timeline and procedures for considering candidates for the permanent superintendent position. Krauspe has indicated the process should include “input from all segments of the educational community and its stakeholders.”
Krauspe said the board has not discussed a timetable for the process, but she said she would like to have the position posted by Oct. 1. Meanwhile, she said the board would seek “community and staff engagement in determining the profile of the person we are looking for.”
Kaneland Hall of Fame
Nominations are being sought for individuals or groups for induction into the Kaneland Hall of Fame. There are eight categories: service, personal achievement, extracurricular, commitment, friend of Kaneland, athletic teamwork, individual athletic achievement and special recognition.
According to a news release, any member of the community, as well as alumni and staff members, can submit names for nomination to the Hall of Fame committee. The submission deadline is Dec. 1.
Nomination forms can be obtained from Beth Sterkel in the superintendent’s office by calling 630-365-5111, ext. 109, or visiting web.kaneland.org/hall_of_fame. Those sending the nominations should send the form, as well as a resume and a biography of those being nominated. Forms can be mailed to Hall of Fame Committee, Kaneland CUSD 302, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151.
• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.