Shorewood narrows superintendent candidates to six

Two to three finalists will be presented to public by May 10

May 1, 2012

Shorewood - School officials are moving forward in their search for the next superintendent with the imminent retirement of veteran administrator Blane McCann.

The School Board last week discussed the status of the search and revealed the district received 39 applicants for the position. After reviewing all applicants, six of the 39 are currently undergoing an intensive interview process with administrators and board members.

After meeting with the six applicants, board members plan to select two or three for the next and final round and open the process up to community involvement.

At last week's meeting, board member David Cobb presented a proposal that called on a variety of groups - including parents, teachers, residents, students and officials at the municipal level - to meet and ask questions of the prospective superintendents.

Based on the information Cobb presented, plans call for the question-and-answer sessions to take place over two days at a number of venues, including all four public schools within the village.

"This is not a final document, but the assumption I'm making is we involve as many people as possible," Cobb said. "I'd be very interested in what the community thinks. That way there's ownership and involvement in this process."

Cobb's proposal called for having the interviews in a panelist format. But board member Michael Mishlove said he was against the idea.

"I'm not a panel guy; I don't like the idea of classifying particular groups of people," Mishlove said. "In a lot of ways, I think it's good to mix up different categories of people so you get diverse opinions."

Board members will be interviewing the six candidates in a series of meetings through Monday. Once the process has been completed, specific details will be hashed over about the Q-and-A process. The goal is to have a list of all participants in the interviewing process by May 10.

McCann announced in January that he would retire in mid-July. He has since accepted a similar administrative position with a school district in Nebraska.

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