CHAMPAIGN COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #4
The Champaign Unit 4 Board of Education is pleased to announce four finalists in the search for the next Superintendent. Those candidates are:
The Board of Education interviewed nine initial candidates and has selected a diverse group of four finalists to move on to the next step. The board hopes to complete the finalist interviews during the week of December 12.
- Mr. Steven M. Cobb, Chief Academic Officer, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN *Candidate has withdrawn, citing personal reasons*
- Dr. Darryl Taylor, Superintendent, Lincoln Elementary School District 156, Calumet City, IL
- Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Associate Superintendent for Student Services for Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
- Dr. Judy Wiegand, Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Pupil Services, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Champaign, IL
A committee of community members will be directly involved in the interview process. These individuals submitted applications early in the search process and were selected by the Board of Education. They include: Nathaniel Banks, Laurie Bonnett, Charles Burton, Joan Dixon, Peter Fox, Ginny Holder, Charles Larenas, Pat Lewis, Rebecca Motley, Prue Runkle, Ryan Searby, Jennifer Shelby, Seth Swartz, Mirelsie Velazquez, Scott Walter and Barb Wilson.
Several more groups representing the community will be involved in the interview process. Representatives of the City of Champaign, the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Illinois and Parkland College have all been invited to participate. In addition, groups such as Champaign Administrative Educators Association (representing administrators and administrative assistants) the Champaign Federation of Teachers, the Champaign Educational Support Personnel, Unit 4 central office administrators will be involved.
Candidates will be interviewed based on the profile developed by the search firm developed from over 1,000 responses to the community survey distributed by the Board at the beginning of the search process. Each committee interviewer will submit a feedback form to the Board of Education based on how the candidate matches the criteria in that profile.
The Board hopes to have a final candidate selected and contracted to begin work in the District no later than July 1, 2012.