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Questions for DeKalb School District 428 superintendent candidates due April 5

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DeKalb School District 428 Board President Victoria Newport gives her opening statement at a candidate forum March 9 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.
Sam Buckner for Shaw Media DeKalb School District 428 Board President Victoria Newport gives her opening statement at a candidate forum March 9 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Parents and community members within DeKalb School District 428 have until Wednesday to submit questions they would like to see answered by district superintendent candidates.

The Illinois Association of School Boards, which the District 428 board selected last month to aid in its search to replace Doug Moeller after his resignation at the end of April, closed the application process for the opening Monday and will proceed with vetting all applicants.

Board President Victoria Newport said that gaining the community’s input by having people submit questions was the board’s idea and not part of the consulting firm’s original hiring plan.

Parents also will have the opportunity to aid in the search process by volunteering for a series of interview teams for each candidate. These teams will consist of a school administrator, union representatives, staff members and community members.

Each interview team will ask each candidate the same list of questions and evaluate each person’s performance.

Newport said the number of community volunteers she needs for the teams would depend on the number of initial candidates the IASB selects.

Questions can be submitted to suptinterviewquestions@d428.org.

“Getting community members and parents involved would make the process more transparent and open to more than just a few people,” Newport said. “We just wanted to make sure we met the process’ two requirements of being very transparent and involving stakeholders.”

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