St. Charles School Board to pick search firm to find superintendent’s successor

St. Charles School Board members on Tuesday voted unanimously to hire executive search firm Schaumburg-based Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to help lead the search to find School Superintendent Jason Pearson’s successor.

St. Charles School Board members on Tuesday are set to select a search firm to find School Superintendent Jason Pearson’s successor.

Board members had been expected to select a firm after hearing presentations Monday night from search firms School Exec Connect; BWP & Associates; Hazard, Young and Attea; GR Recruiting; McPherson & Jacobson, LLC and Ray and Associates. But they decided to hold off on making a decision.

“This is not a decision we want to make hastily,” School Board member Ed McNally said.

Other board members concurred.

Pearson recently announced he will be leaving the district to become the superintendent of Northbrook School District 28 beginning July 1. Pearson will replace Northbrook Superintendent Larry Hewitt, who has been in the post for the past 15 years, when he retires on June 30.

He has served as superintendent since 2017 after joining the administrative team in 2010 as an assistant superintendent and then deputy superintendent in 2016. His contract was renewed in 2019 and runs through June 30, 2022.

Mark Moore, the district’s assistant superintendent of leadership and administrative services, had recommended the board use a search firm in order to find the best candidate.

“They all have their own methods that they use, both on developing a profile of what you’re looking for in a superintendent and in gathering candidates,” Moore told board members.

The last time the district used a search firm was when Donald Schlomann was hired in 2007 to replace Barbara Erwin.

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.