Flossmoor School District 161

District 161 staff, residents provide input in superintendent search

When creating a profile for the position of superintendent in Flossmoor School District 161, it takes a village -- or in this case, a cross section of the community.

Various activities this week provided the means for district residents, community leaders and employees to express their thoughts about the characteristics most needed as a new superintendent is hired.

District 161 considering search firm to help find Parker principal

The search for a new principal at Parker Junior High School will soon be underway and it’s possible Flossmoor District 161 will turn to a familiar search firm for assistance.

Interim Superintendent Michael Popp said a traditional internal search or using an outside source are the two options. His remarks were made at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

District 161 residents can participate in superintendent search this month

More than 25 applicants are seeking the position of superintendent in Flossmoor School District 161 with three weeks remaining for more to apply, according to an official of the firm conducting the search.

Mark Friedman, president of BWP and Associates, is pleased with both the quantity and quality of the candidates generated by his firm’s advertising of the position. His firm has also recruited other candidates to apply for the post.

Teacher survey points way toward District 161 curriculum changes

In a survey this month, teachers in Flossmoor School District 161 gave mediocre grades to the classroom resources they receive and the existing curriculum in the schools.

The survey is likely to be the first step toward an overhaul of the curriculum in District 161. The district’s director of learning and instruction, Amabel Crawford, presented the survey findings at the Dec. 12 board of education meeting. Crawford joined District 161 over the summer.

District 161 tax levy includes ‘huge increase’ from Meijer

With this year’s opening of the Meijer superstore, Flossmoor School District 161 is getting a needed boost in property tax revenue.

According to the estimated 2016 tax levy, approved Monday by the board of education, District 161 will take in an additional $909,090 in property taxes, mostly as a result of Meijer, which opened last June in Flossmoor.

District 161 hires interim school superintendent

Board of education members in Flossmoor School District 161 have hired an interim superintendent for the remainder of the 2016-2017 academic year.

At a special meeting Wednesday, board members approved the appointment of Michael Popp as interim superintendent.

According to a press release issued Thursday by the school board, Popp will have a contract through June 30, 2017. He will take over the superintendent’s duties next week, the release says.

Search firm outlines steps in hiring new District 161 superintendent

Those calendars and planners on sale this time of year were put into early use at Monday’s Flossmoor District 161 board of education meeting.

Board members synchronized their schedules for the next three months with representatives of BWP and Associates, the firm hired by the board to assist in finding both an interim and a full-time superintendent.

District 161 approves separation agreement with superintendent

Craig Doster’s tenure as Flossmoor School District 161 superintendent has come to an end. At a special meeting Tuesday, board of education members approved a separation agreement with Doster, District 161’s superintendent for the last six years.

Change needed, residents tell District 161 school board

Flossmoor School District 161 Superintendent Craig Doster, on a leave of absence for the last two weeks, was not present at Tuesday’s Board of Education committee meeting.

Frances LaBella, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, has been coordinating operations since the start of Doster’s leave, and she represented District 161’s administration at the board table.

No state of crisis in District 161, board president says

A state of crisis does not exist in Flossmoor School District 161, board of education President Stephen Paredes said last week.

“All pistons are firing,” Paredes said in an Oct. 27 interview with the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle. “We are headed in the right direction. We are meeting our district goals.”

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