Office of the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Don White is currently in his fourth year as Superintendent of District 181, his 31st year working in education, and his 17th year as a public school district superintendent. On October 30, 2017, by mutual agreement, Dr. White and the Board of Education decided to mutually end their contractual relationship effective June 30, 2018. The decision was described as an amicable mutual separation.
During the November 13, 2017 Board of Education Business meeting, Board members approved the selection of BWP & Associates to conduct the search for a new superintendent. The Board worked with BWP to create engagement opportunities in which they could welcome input from all stakeholders. Feedback was sought on the District’s strengths and challenges, as well as skills and characteristics to seek in a superintendent. To ensure everyone interested in providing input had an opportunity to do so, all parents, staff, and residents were invited to complete an online survey and attend a focus group. Additionally, BWP welcomed emails and letters, and they conducted meetings with PTO Presidents, community members on Board committees, and groups of representative teachers, support staff, and administrators. BWP reported that they heard from approximately 100 stakeholders in meetings and focus groups, and 322 individuals responded to the survey.
BWP has reviewed the input in order to generate themes which formed the basis of a leadership profile used for candidate screening, interviews, and the selection process.
During the January 16, 2018 Business meeting, Dr. Mark Friedman and Dr. Anne Noland of BWP shared a report on the survey results and the completed leadership profile:
BWP has stated that it is possible a superintendent may be named at a Business meeting in February 2018. Please stay tuned for more information.
Dr. Don White
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent