At the District 65 School Board meeting last night, March 11, Board President Tracy Quattrocki announced the five final candidates for the next superintendent for the District. They are: Julie Glazer, Paul Goren, Nathan McCann, Quintin Shepherd and Marty Smith.

Ms. Quattrocki said, “We narrowed the field to five final candidates for the next superintendent. We received nearly 60 candidates for the position, and they included many qualified educators who offered a great diversity in terms of race, gender and personal background. After reviewing applications, we selected nine semi-finalists whose experience and educational philosophy most nearly aligns with the leadership profile we created for the community.”

Based on surveys and extensive forums, she said the five top qualities desired by the community are a collaborative style, instructional leadership, committment to issues of equity, strong financial acumen, and ability to recruit and retain great teachers and administrative staff.

The five finalists have been invited back for further interviews, and the visits will include an opportunity for staff and community members to meet with the candidates in forums. Julie Glazer will be available on March 17, Nathan McCann on March 18, Paul Goren on March 19, Quintin Shepherd on March 20 and Marty Smith on March 21. On each day, a forum will be held between 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. for faculty and staff and between 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. for community members. All of the forums will be held at King Lab,

The Board also approved holding closed session meetings on each day during the week of March 17 for the purpose of reviewing candidates for superintendent.

The District will be posting biographies and essays prepared by each candidate during the balance of this week.

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...