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DeKalb looking for search firm to find new superintendent

DeKALB – DeKalb District 428 announced that it is looking for proposals for a search firm to help find a replacement for outgoing superintendent Jamie Craven.

Firms may submit a proposal and can find specific information at the district’s HR page at

Proposals can be submitted until 5 p.m. on May 18.

Craven announced last week at the end of the school board meeting he was leaving the district. The next day he was approved as the superintendent of Peru Elementary District 124.

Craven was hired in June 2017 and is at the end of his current three-year contract.

After the board meeting last week, board president Samantha McDavid said the board is currently working on a time frame and will keep the staff, parents and public updated as they work it out.

“We are very grateful for the work that’s been accomplished in the last three years Mr. Craven has been here,” McDavid said. “I think we’re in a really good spot to continue moving forward and doing what’s best for our students.”

Craven was hired in June 2017 and replaced Doug Moeller, who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal which has not yet gone to trial. Brad Hawk had bridged the two as interim superintendent.

At the time of his DeKalb hire, Craven was approved by a 4-3 vote, with current board members Victoria Newport and Jeff Hallgren among the no votes. His three-year contract was approved on June 6, 2017.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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