A profile of the ideal superintendent for the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system will be presented to the board tonight for its concurrence.

For the past several weeks, consultants hired by the board to help in the search for a new schools chief to replace Hardy Murphy, who resigned last August, have been interviewing teachers, administrators, students, parents, community leaders, and ordinary taxpayers to determine what qualities the community is seeking in the individual who will be the chief intellectual and administrative leader of the district.

They also conducted an online survey designed to give everyone in the community a chance to have their say.

Tonight’s the night the consultants promised to bring the board its recommendations, with the understanding that the board will either concur or modify the profile that will then become the marching orders for the consultants, who have been receiving applications for the position.

Once the board agrees to the profile, the consultants will then winnow down the number of applicants to the top five to eight, who will then come to Evanston to be interviewed by the board and, hopefully, presented to the public in April, with a projected start date of July 1.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Earlier stories:

D65 Board revs up super search

D65 wants your input on new superintendent

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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