• October 29, 2018

    Dear District Staff and Community Members:

    The Township High School District 113 Board of Education has begun the search process for a new superintendent who will begin duties on July 1, 2019. The Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Linda Yonke and Dr. Ben Martindale for their outstanding work and service as our Interims during this year.

    The Board has selected SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT, an educational search firm, to assist us in the superintendent search. The first step in this process is to create a New Superintendent Profile, using information gathered from focus groups and from an online survey. The New Superintendent Profile will guide us in the selection process.

    We hope to receive your input for this task. We would appreciate if you would take about ten minutes to fill out the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JKV8BH8

    In addition to the survey, you are invited to attend an open forum. If you would like to provide input on the District’s strengths, challenges, and the characteristics the next superintendent should possess, SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT consultants invite you to attend one of the following sessions:

    • Teachers and Staff
      • Deerfield HS
        Nov. 6, 2018 – Lunches, 3:45 p.m.
        Staff Dining Room
      • Highland Park HS
        Nov. 7, 2018 – Lunches, 3:45 p.m.
        Staff Dining Room
    • District Admin.
      • Admin Bldg.
        Nov. 8, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.
        Board Room
    • Admin Support Staff
      • Admin Bldg.
        Nov. 8, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.
        Board Room
    • Parents
      • DHS PTO
        Nov. 5, 2018 – 12:45 p.m.
        Library classroom
      • HP & DFLD Parent Org (Includes Athletic Boosters, Friends of the Arts, Parent Network, District 113 Foundation, and any other formal parent organization member at either school)
        Nov. 5, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
        HPHS Student Cafeteria
      • HPHS PTO
        Nov. 6, 2018 – 9:15 a.m.
        Room A217
    • All Dist 113 Stakeholders:
      • Open
        Nov. 7, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
        HPHS Student Cafeteria
      • Open
        Nov. 8, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
        DHS Student Cafeteria
      • Open (in Spanish)
        Nov. 13, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
        HPHS Counseling Res. Ctr.
    • Students
      • DHS Student Council
        Nov. 8, 2018 – 11:30 a.m.
      • HPHS Student Council
        Nov. 9, 2018 – 7:30 a.m.

    Information about the focus groups will go to all staff, parents, and community members, as well as District 113 sender districts, elected officials, and local newspapers. Findings from the survey and focus group conversations will be reported to the Board during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on November 19, 2018.

    As we move forward, our most important consideration is securing the strongest candidate pool and ultimately the best person to lead our District. A Stakeholder/Confidential Committee will be established to interview the final two or three candidates and share their feedback with the Board of Education. We trust that those directly involved in the search will hold candidate names confidential throughout the process.

    The Board of Education looks forward to your support and assistance with this very important undertaking. Please feel free to contact the consultants assisting us if you have any questions or comments regarding the search: Dr. Ben Martindale (bmartindale@dist113.org), Dr. Linda Yonke (lyonke@dist113.org), or Dr. Gary Zabilka (gzabilka@iasaedu.org).

    We look forward to your input as we search for a new superintendent to lead High School District 113.


    The Township High School District 113 Board of Education



    Tentative Timeline

    • October 9
      • Superintendent Vacancy posted on the School Exec Connect and Illinois Association of School Administrators Websites
    • Week of October 29
      • Community survey available online
    • November 5 - November 13
      • Conduct focus groups
    • November 19
      • Superintendent Profile presented to Board of Education
    • November 28 - December 12
      • School Exec Connect to interview prospective candidates
    • December 17
      • School Exec Connect presents candidates to Board of Education in closed session
    • January 8, 10, 12
      • First Round Interviews conducted by Board of Education in closed session
    • January 24, 28, 29
      • Stakeholder Advisory Committee Interviews in closed session
      • Finalist Interviews conducted by Board of Education in closed session
    • January 31
      • Board of Education will debrief and select superintendent in closed session
    • February 19
      • Announce and introduce superintendent in open session