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D-428 to vote on superintendent candidate

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 6:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 12:19 a.m. CDT
Dr. Doug Moeller

DeKALB – Former DeKalb High School principal Doug Moeller will become DeKalb School District 428’s next superintendent if school board members approve his proposed contract at tonight’s board meeting.

Superintendent Jim Briscoe is set to retire at the end of the school year. The search for his replacement began in early September and ended after Moeller, the district’s current assistant superintendent for curriculum and student services, interviewed for the job last week, school board President Tom Matya said Monday.

“The board identified a number of things,” Matya said. “Moeller is a very well-qualified candidate, and he’s been in the district in a couple different positions. ... He’s done a great job in that regard, and the board sought the continuity of what Dr. Briscoe has put together and thought it was the right move to make.”

The board will vote on whether or not to approve Moeller’s four-year contract at its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the district’s Education Center, 901 S. Fourth St.

Matya declined to give any details about the compensation terms of Moeller’s contract in a phone interview Monday, but said that his swift hiring would give the board plenty of time to find his replacement.

Moeller will continue in his current capacity for the remainder of the year, Matya said. “It will allow us to begin to focus on identifying a key replacement,” Matya said. “... That’s an extremely important position.”

Briscoe, the district’s superintendent for the past six years, said he got caught up in the state’s pension reform discussions that were happening in the spring and made a decision to quit. According to the district, Briscoe earns a base salary of $199,210 annually. His contract is up at the end of June.

Moeller was promoted to his current administrative role in May 2012 after serving for three years as DeKalb High School’s principal. Before that, Moeller worked as a teacher, dean and assistant principal in Elgin School District 46. He earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Illinois in 2010.

A message left with Moeller was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

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