The online Superintendent survey that the Board of Education is conducting to gather information from the community is now "Live" at the D181 website at the following link: http://www.d181.org/board-of-education/surveys-and-engagement/index.aspx. When the page opens, scroll down to the paragraph titled Superintendent Search and click on the word "here" to access the survey.
The survey window is from today through March 25, 2014.
We want to express our disappointment that as of this morning, no official notice to the parents or community members has been issued by email. Nor did the board announce the survey dates during last Monday's (3/10/14) board meeting.
Does the BOE really care what the community thinks? Their lack of TIMELY notification speaks volumes.
With respect to the actual survey, we have just taken it. We are surprised that BWP did not include a "comments" question that would allow the responders to explain any of their answers or express concerns about the current leadership that they do not want to see repeated. BWP does provide the address below that people can mail additional commentary to, but in this age of technology, how many people are really going to MAIL a letter to the search firm? Why didn't they at least provide an email address?
BWP & Associates - Community Consolidated School District 181
872 S. Milwaukee Ave. #221
Libertyville, IL 60048
So we have taken the liberty of providing our readers with the email address available on the BWP website:
In addition, the D181 website page with the survey link has been updated to announce the Focus Group BWP will be hosting to gather more input on the qualities the community is seeking in a superintendent. The announcement states:
"A community focus group is being held March 24 at Elm School (7pm). All residents are welcomed to attend. BWP anticipates presenting a slate of candidates to the Board of Education in April."
We encourage you to spread the word on both the survey and the focus groups yourselves, rather than wait to hear from the BOE. Overall, a very disappointing start to the superintendent search.