Oswego School Board to Interview Superintendent Candidates
Mar 07, 2016 04:19PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori
A month after Superintendent Matthew Wendt’s resignation became official, the Oswego School District 308 board of education will meet with several candidates hoping to replace him.
School board members are slated to interview three candidates at a special closed-session meeting on Wednesday, March 9, board president Matt Bauman said.
Wendt resigned Feb. 8 to accept a job as superintendent of the Fayetteville, Arkansas, public school district. His last day in District 308 is June 30.
As of the Feb. 19 application deadline, Bauman said the district had received about 15 resumes.
“It was a short (application) window,” Bauman said, adding area school district administrators were aware of Wendt’s impending departure. “We knew that what the board wanted and what people in the community wanted was somebody local,” Bauman added.
Bauman said there are currently no plans to solicit public input on the candidates before the board makes its decision.
“The community has been pretty vocal on what they’re looking for and what they’re not looking for,” said Bauman, who also took to Facebook to ask residents what qualities they’d like to see in a new superintendent. “They haven’t been shy.”
Bauman said members of the teacher’s union also completed a survey outlining their thoughts on Wendt’s successor. Bauman said like community members, teachers said they hoped for a candidate who is familiar with the district, willing to work collaboratively with teachers and staff, and is attuned to the classroom.
Bauman said board members have reviewed the applications of each potential candidate. After interviewing three candidates on Wednesday, the board will discuss whether more interviews are necessary at its Monday, March 14, meeting, he said.
Whoever is chosen, the new superintendent is expected to start on July 1.
Bauman said he expects the chosen candidate to spend a few days in District 308 prior to Wendt’s departure.
“That way, they can get a feel for what is happening in the district so that when July 1 does come around, the transition will be seamless,” he said.