Plainfield Schools to Name New Superintendent
Associate superintendent will “shadow” Supt. John Harper for the 2013-14 school year before taking the reins.
Two months after announcing its search for a new superintendent, the District 202 Board of Education will meet tomorrow in special session to appoint John Harper’s successor.
The new associate superintendent will “shadow” current superintendent Harper for the 2013-14 school year and take over the role when Harper retires in July 2014, according to Director of Community Relations Tom Hernandez.
In September, the board announced it was inviting area superintendents to apply for the position.
Calling it a “very limited search,” board president Roger Bonuchi said it was important to the board to “pick someone who is from Illinois, who is local to Will County.”
Harper, who started his career as a social studies teacher at Indian Trail Middle School in 1981, has been superintendent since 2002.
In October, two committees — one comprised of District 202 administrators and the other of parents and school staff — interviewed candidates hoping to succeed Harper.
According to District 202 documents, Harper's base salary for the 2011-12 school year was $270,446, plus an additional $49,007 in benefits.
The special meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the District 202 administration center, 15732 Howard St. The agenda also includes orientation for prospective board of education candidates for the April 2013 consolidated election.
The filing period for candidates begins Dec. 17 and ends Dec. 26. Four seats, each carrying a four-year term, are up for election.
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