Information on Mann Elementary School Principal Search

Dear Mann Families,
District 97 is beginning the search for the individual who will serve as the next principal of Mann Elementary School. One of the first steps in this process will be to create a profile of the ideal candidate for the position that is based on feedback from the school’s students, staff and parents/guardians. To help us gather this information, we created a brief survey that the Mann community can use to share their thoughts about the leadership qualities and characteristics they believe the next principal should possess. Please click here for a link to the survey, which will remain open until Monday, Nov. 11.

We will also host a parent focus group at Mann on Friday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., where families can share their input in person.

When the principal profile has been completed, we will use it to perform an initial screening of applicants for the position. Through that screening, we will select the candidates who will be invited to participate in the first round of interviews, which will be conducted by video in mid-January. The video interviews will be screened by district and building administration, and we will invite top candidates to participate in second-round interviews with school-based teams that are composed of staff members and parents/guardians. We have tentatively scheduled these interviews for Thursday, Jan. 30.

The school-based teams will identify the top four to five candidates who will be invited to participate in another round of interviews with district administration. When these interviews have been completed, Superintendent Carol Kelley will meet one-on-one with the remaining candidates. She will then utilize all of the information and feedback collected to select the individual who will be presented to the Board of Education for appointment to the position pending the results of a comprehensive background check. Our current goal is to complete this entire process by mid-February.

Please email me at [email protected] if you have questions about the search process. In the meantime, I want to thank you for your time and attention to this matter and for your assistance in selecting the next leader for Mann Elementary School.

Gina Herrmann,
Senior Director of Human Resources