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Superintendent hire could be made before holidays

Timetable allows for applications until Oct. 6

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:02 a.m. CST

DIXON – If all goes according to plan, the Dixon School District will have a new superintendent named before Thanksgiving.

The new administrator will succeed Michael Juenger, who is retiring at the end of the school year after spending the past 6 years as superintendent.

The school board will accept applications until Oct. 6.

Posting the job now, Juenger recently said, means the district is among the first wave to post superintendent openings and should have a better chance to be considered by high-quality candidates.

Pam Tourtillott, president of the Dixon School Board, could not be reached Wednesday for comment about the search.

But according to a recruitment brochure prepared by the school district, the school board will screen applicants before bringing in at least four for interviews, which will take place Oct. 28-30. Finalists will visit the school district for final interviews on Nov. 5-6.

Unless there are setbacks, the school board will appoint a new superintendent Nov. 19.

The new superintendent will take over July 1.

By having district staff handle the search, Juenger said, the district could save at least $6,500.

The new superintendent’s annual salary, fringe benefits, contractual terms and conditions will be based on the final candidate’s education and experience.

The superintendent is expected to have a multi-year contract, which could require the superintendent to live in the school district.

Among other things, the school board is looking for a superintendent who will promote the success of every student and is an outstanding communicator with strong interpersonal management skills, according to the brochure.

The board also wants someone who has personal attributes that include integrity, courage, self-confidence, honesty, stability under pressure and a sense of humor, among other things.

During Juenger’s tenure as superintendent, which began in 2009, the school district has faced financial woes, stagnant enrollment, a teachers strike in 2013, this year’s closure of Lincoln School, and the continuing dilemma of what to do with its aging schools.

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