Update: Superintendent Search To Ramp Up

109 Board will interview search firms at next meeting to replace retiring Superintendent Renee Goier.

(Update, 11:30 a.m.) A search for a replacement for retiring Superintendent Renee Goier begins in earnest at the July Board of Education meeting, according to comments made by at Monday’s meeting.

London said at the meeting search firms will be interviewed in closed session before and after the July Board of Education meeting. London promised there will be extensive community input. She hopes a replacement is selected in November or December.

Goier’s retirement request was approved by the Board as part of Monday’s meeting.

“Dr. Goier has been a leader dedicated to the students and staff of District 109,” London said before the meeting. “Thanks to her efforts, and to our excellent and hard working staff, we expect that the transition to a new superintendent will be seamless, as our focus remains directly on the students.” 

Goier expects her final year to be productive and exciting. “We are facing many changes in education that effect all of us, every day, and I am excited to continue the hard work we've begun together on teacher and principal evaluations, the middle school schedule, and common core standards, to name a few of the ‘big ticket’ items on our plate,” she said in a news release.

(Earlier, 5:45 a.m.) Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Superintendent Renee Goier will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, according to an agenda item in the public information packet prepared for Monday’s District 109 Board of Education meeting.

The Board was scheduled to take a roll call vote Monday to approve Goier’s request to retire. Patch will report the results of the vote and further information as soon as it is available.

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John Russillo June 19, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Not so fast, guys. The current Board is conducting the search for a new Superintendent. We need to make sure this Board does NOT make the final decision on the leader of our school system for the next several years. We need to work to make sure the NEXT school board makes the final decision.
Harry Steindler June 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM
We need to make sure the current board and the next board know what the community feels are requisites for hiring the next superintendent - significant experience in a multi-school district, experience in a community with high level parent involvement, someone who embraces and honors the education of children with special needs and understands the district's standing as the district of choice for those children and their families, someone who understands that test scores are only one aspect of a successful education, someone with a high level of respect for teachers and staff, someone who understands that collaboration with teachers, staff and the community is the only route to true success, someone with a true love for children who is willing to spend time in the classrooms helping teachers and educators to grow, someone who really understands the pulse and uniqueness of the District 109 Community.
Harry Steindler June 19, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I know it's just a quote but interesting that Dr. Goier does not mention the continued improvement in services to children with special needs in her priorities for the coming year - I implore parents and teachers to not let up on the process that started last year - changes in the contract regarding these services are just one piece of the puzzle in improving these services. Until we have an administration who thinks of and speaks of special education as one of the top priorities in the district it is up to all of us to keep pounding away.
Harry Steindler June 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Another area that my wife and I are beginning to focus on - improvement in the band and orchestra programs at the schools - especially the Jr. high level. Student involvement drops significantly in the upper grades - we think beyond natural attrition - no matter how strong the teachers / directors may be we need an administration that strongly supports the arts - that is an important attribute of the next superintendent.
DeerfieldResident June 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
A HUGE reason for the attrition is the timing of band/orchestra. Most busy kids can't afford to give up an extra hour or 45 minutes of sleep on those days when there's band/orchestra before school. If it were somehow integrated into the school day, you'd see a lot more participation. I'd pull those kids out of their music/art/cooking/computers class once or twice a week. A far better use of time. And, we can all hope that the insane 21st Century Skills class is gone forever. I've never seen such an ill-conceived waste of time, money and other resources.
Anne June 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
not to mention the waste of money for those stupid binders that the kids couldn't use for longer then a week....I wonder who got the kickback for that?
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Let me ask you all a question. Why a search for an external candidate? Why spend all the money for a search (probably a retained recruiter costing at least $60K, if not more)? Why pay relo costs? Why not just promote an internal candidate? Get what you want from someone familiar with the area and save some money...
Harry Steindler June 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
David - I'm with you on attempting to find the new superintendent without using a search firm. I would say there are no qualified candidates within Dist 109 - but would be surprised if there are not qualified and interested candidates on the North Shore. I would suppose the district has already received feelers from candidates.
Mara Meyer June 20, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I think the current attitude toward education, what has happened to District 109 during the current reign, the fact the Board is HURRYING UP this decision process, no true leadership in the District, the current state of Special Education, all filter into a decision to apply for this position. It might take an out-of-state person to fill this role. As to the qualities needed for Superintendent of District 109, it would take more than just a change at the top to change the environment. Easy for someone to pad their resume. Someone REALLY has to have experience in all areas of Admin to make the necessary changes. It will take a HUGE change of Board of Education to make an real difference. The communitty sure has its work cut out.
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 07:00 AM
That there are apparently no qualified candidates within D109 is truly a shame. I think it's incumbent upon any school board to ensure that there's an internal line of succession. Sure, if you're stuck, then you go outside for a candidate. But that shouldn't be the first option, it ought to be the last.
John Russillo June 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM
And who would that internal candidate be?
johnny June 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM
My understanding is that Fisher will be replacing the current 3 day a week position with full time one.
johnny June 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM
We also want to make sure that the new superintendent isn't someone already working under Goier!
johnny June 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM
David, part of the reason there are issues with this district isn't just because of one person, Goir. Hiring any of her people wouldn't make any needed changes. Thinking back on the whole contract negotiations, I believe you were a supporter of the board /admin and their decisions, so it makes sense you would say your comment. I do agree, it is sad that no one currently would be someone I could trust.
Curious Resident June 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I find it rather interesting that all this is occurring right after contract negotiations were finished. We all know that the staff of district 109 got short changed out of retro active pay that would have been way more than the $2000 "bonus" they got especially after taxes were taken out. I truly don't believe that that person Fredericks just decided to take a new job, she had to be told at some point of time with all the complaints that her contract was not going to be renewed. As for Goier, as a resident I would have been thrilled to buy out the last year of her contract and get her out faster! There is too much to fix for her and all the others to be allowed to do more damage to our schools in another school terrm. I don't trust the board and agree that the decision for a new super should be done afterr the board elections. Clear out everything!
Anne June 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Best Comment ever.....Clear out EVERYTHING....the board the adminsitration, their corrupt to the core,they have been acting in their own interests and completely forgetting that they are employees of the District to teach and educate our kids. District 109 has some great teachers and some bad ones, but for sure they have the WORST ADMINSTRATION and SCHOOL BOARD EVER
MSB June 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Theoretically speaking, from what I have heard, 5 days from Fisher is equivalent to about 2 to 3 days of actual work.
MSB June 20, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I do not see one positive community comment on Goier’s behalf. Sad legacy indeed. As our children would say, “EPIC FAIL”. I agree; both the board and administration need to be gutted. Too many Board/Goier hires are left who sat back and did NOTHING while all of this transpired. They have been schooled from the Queen of Entitlements. I hope the board has learned that pumping money into administrative perks, benefits, and hires yields absolutely no positive return on educating our children. We have a school board which admits to only getting their (biased) information from Goier and encourages public input (on private issues) since they have made no effort to get to understand the schools, the teachers or the parents. However, during community participation they sit up there and mock us by laughing and talking to each other; playing on their computers, and “taking excessive notes” without the courtesy of looking up at the speakers. BEYOND RUDE. Ellen London seems to be annoyed to have to listen to community input as it seems she can only hold up her head with her hand on her forehead. I implore the board to also hop on the resignation train. Your services are no longer needed or welcomed and we don’t want you or Goier to select our next superintendent.
Gayle June 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I agree - we should wait until the new board is elected to begin the superintendent search. We don't need to hire someone by November when the job starts next July.
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I posed a rhetorical question John. Perhaps you know who a suitable internal candidate would be?
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Johnny, I was a supporter of the Board's negotiations yes. I don't know the administration in D109, and if you have had issues with the Superintendent, then certainly one wouldn't hire a subordinate who shared the same views. My point was that retained searches cost a lot of money. For the recruiter's fee. And then for the candidate who often demands that they be given a higher salary, relocation costs, housing allowances, etc, etc, etc... Rather than spending all that money, it makes sense to me to simply groom a line of succession to choose from.
DeerfieldResident June 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
We don't need to spend money on a search firm. Post the job, use online and old school networking tools to spread the word about the job opening, then start reviewing applications. Don't we have a head of HR? Can't that person screen down the applicants first and then have the board review them as a second layer? Assemble a team of community and district representatives (teachers, admin and board) to participate in the selection process. And...we're done! We're not trying to attract someone to the middle of nowhere for a crappy, low-paying job. This is a good job at a good salary in a great location. There will be dozens of highly qualified applicants. And, while I'm at it, we better not be offering crazy perks and benefits to the new person. Salary, insurance, time off...done. No car, no gas allowance, no wacky continuing education commitments.
John Russillo June 20, 2012 at 06:54 PM
No, I thought maybe you had some actual knowledge of the district.
John Russillo June 20, 2012 at 06:55 PM
How could you support the Board if you don't know the adminstration?
Curious Resident June 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Deerfield Resident...head of HR is now Dale Fisher...old Caruso principal. I wouldn't personally trust his judgement on anything...considering that it seems the faculty within that building had a lot of complaints on the administration!
Curious Resident June 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Also....it doesn't matter if they use their search agency....especially since the community and staff as seen by new principal at Caruso made absolutely no difference at all!
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Well, actually I do have some actual knowledge of the district. For instance, there's at least one total jerk who lives there.
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 07:30 PM
John, I can certainly read the information promulgated by the Board, review their arguments, and make my decision accordingly. Like many of us, we may not know a political candidate personally, yet we support them because of what we've read, discussed, etc.
John Russillo June 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Haha! Nice one! And I so look forward to your ramblings on education theory concerning a district you do not live in or have any knowledge of.
David Greenberg June 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM
What ramblings? My comments have always been on-point and relevant. And certainly, since D109 takes STATE and Federal funds, and I'm a taxpayer to both bodies, I most certainly can have an opinion about how money is spent in that district. I simply asked a question as to why an internal candidate wasn't sought. If that irritated you, that's certainly unfortunate, but irrelevant to the question.


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