It has been reported that the race for the Round Lake Area School District 116 superintendent’s position has been narrowed down to three finalists. Although all three candidates names were not revealed, the Daily Herald reported that one being considered is the current Superintendent from Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Constance Collins. Prior to becoming District 97’s superintendent, Collins led Zion’s Elementary District 6 until July 2005. The superintendents position in District 116 is expected to pay the ‘going rate’ for schools of equal size and enrollment which is in the range of $150,000 annually, plus some possible incentives. Collins total package far exceeds that amount totalling around $243,000. She may be wanting to move away from a financial scandal that she has had to cope with at Oak Park District 97 that did not directly involve her.
With the local Board voting this Thursday to cut close to $4 million in staff payroll and supplies, it will be interesting to see if they will turn around and sweeten the pie to get Collins on board with a larger offering.
The school Board is hoping to have a new superintendent in place by July 1st which will be the first time in the last eight years that the position has been filled since during that time the District was under the State’s financial authority.