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DeKalb School District 428 board to hear updates on superintendent search, audit

Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:14 a.m. CDT


DeKalb School District 428’s search for a new superintendent and a fiscal 2016 financial report and audit will be highlighted during Tuesday's school board meeting.

A representative of the Illinois Association of School Boards, the firm helping to find a new District 428 superintendent, will give an update on the search process to replace Superintendent Doug Moeller following his resignation at the end of April.

The board selected the organization during a special meeting in February after hearing presentations from three potential firms. Board president Victoria Newport said IASB will post information on the district to their website and publications around the country.

Once the job has been posted for three weeks, six to eight candidates will be vetted and brought to the school district to interview with staff, community members and parents. From their suggestions, three candidates will interview with the board.

The selected candidate will replace Superintendent Doug Moeller, who is resigning at the end of April after being on paid administrative leave since September following accusations of sexual harassment by DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano.

Brad Hawk was selected as an interim superintendent and is over halfway through the maximum 100 days of his temporary term.

The board will also hear a presentation on the Audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY16.

The district ended the fiscal year with an operating fund balance of $22,486,894, which is 28.4 percent of expenditures. Board policy states the operating fund balance should be between 15 to 25 percent of operating expenditures.

Due to the state's budget impasse, the district missed out on $1.8 million in state revenue owed for the fiscal year. The state eventually dispersed $1.7 million on Dec. 30, which was applied towards FY17 numbers.

The meeting will be open to the public at 7 p.m. at the Education Center on 901 S. First St.

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