During the February 19 Regular Board of Education Meeting, the District 113 Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Bruce Law as superintendent under a three-year contract effective July 1, 2019. Included below are a few notable updates from the meeting, as well as links to relevant agenda items.
Dr. Law’s appointment follows a comprehensive national search process coordinated by a respected search firm, School Exec Connect, that began its work last fall by conducting a series of 18 focus groups and administering a District-wide survey to staff, parents, and community members. Results from the focus groups and survey were used to identify the desired characteristics for the new superintendent. A highly-qualified field of more than forty candidates was narrowed to five who were interviewed by the Board of Education last month. Three finalists then participated in a full day of interviews with groups of District stakeholders, followed by an in-depth second interview with the Board.
"During the interview process, the Board observed Dr. Law’s warmth, personal integrity, thoughtful approach to decision-making, and his commitment to listening and learning from all stakeholders," said Garlovsky. "These characteristics were confirmed by all of his references, and these qualities are exactly what District 113 needs to ensure that the culture and climate in our schools supports the high-quality teaching and learning our community has come to expect."
Following the Board’s vote to approve his appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Law commented, "I am honored by the opportunity the District 113 Board has given me to serve this great school district, and I am eager to get to work listening to stakeholders and learning from them how together we can more fully cultivate passion, unlock potential, and inspire excellence."
Board President Garlovsky noted the Board’s gratitude to Drs. Yonke and Martindale for their leadership and guidance this year, stating "Although they have been with us only a short time, these two incredible individuals have already had a positive impact on our District. In addition to restoring morale and creating a favorable teaching and learning environment, they provided invaluable insights and expertise throughout the search process based on their time in District 113 and their previous experience as superintendents." Drs. Yonke and Martindale will work with Dr. Law as he transitions into the superintendent’s role full-time on July 1, 2019.
Garlovsky also expressed gratitude to the many District 113 parents, students, faculty, staff, administrators and community residents who participated in the superintendent search process for their valuable feedback and thanked her fellow members of the Board of Education, noting "I am incredibly proud of the work we have accomplished together."
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Based on the recommendation of the Superintendents, action was taken during the February 4 Board of Education meeting to move forward with the following projects in the summer of 2019:
- DHS Storm Line, DHS Track, DHS Tennis Court, DHS and HP Baseball Backstops and Field Screening
- DHS and HPHS Windows
The remaining projects discussed at the December Board Meeting are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020.
During the February 19 Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved the bids for the Baseball Backstop, Track Resurface, and Tennis Courts at Deerfield High School. All bids were reviewed by Creaney, the District’s Civil Engineer firm. The following contracts were awarded for the projects:
- Baseball Backstop - Team REIL ($123,469.20)
- Track Resurface - Team REIL ($600,700)
- Tennis Court - Even & Sons ($168,000)
Bids for the remaining projects scheduled for the summer of 2019 will be presented to the Board of Education at upcoming meetings.
The Board of Education also approved the issuance of an RFP for an Owner’s Representative to help manage the HPHS Cafeteria and PE Office renovations scheduled for the summer of 2020. The individual will work closely with the architects, construction company, contractors, and District staff to ensure successful completion of the project in a cost-efficient manner.
Complete minutes for this meeting will be posted upon Board approval at the next Regular Board of Education meeting.