October 7, 2019

      Dear District Staff, Students, Parents, & Community Members:

      The McLean County Unit District Unit 5 Board of Education has begun the search process for a new superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year. We have selected SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT, an educational search firm, to assist us in this process.

      Here is a TIMELINE for the search. 

      We are interested in receiving your input about the new superintendent. We would appreciate it if you would take about five minutes to fill out an online survey that will be available from October 14-25, 2019. Please check the District website on October 14, 2019 for the survey link.

      In addition to the survey, if you would like to provide input on the district’s strengths, the district’s challenges, and the skills and characteristics the next superintendent should possess, the SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT consultants invite you to attend one the open forums listed below.

      Unit 5 Staff Members Only - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Elementary School

      Unit 5 Students/Parents/Community Members - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Elementary School

      Findings from the survey, open forums, and several focus group conversations will be used to develop a New Superintendent Profile that will be reported to the Board at a special meeting at 4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Unit Office. This is open to the public.

      As we move forward, our most important consideration is securing the strongest candidate pool, and ultimately the best person to lead our District. To that end, the Board of Education has decided to conduct a confidential search and only the final candidate’s name will be announced publicly.

      The Board of Education looks forward to your support and assistance with this very important undertaking. Please feel free to contact the lead consultant assisting us if you have any questions or comments regarding the search: Ms. Diane Robertson Diane.Robertson@schoolexecconnect.com. We look forward to your input as we search for a new superintendent to lead McLean County Unit 5.


      Mr. Barry Hitchins

      President, Board of Education McLean County Unit 5