Under the terms of the agreement current District 120 Superintendent Kevin Myers would fill the role of superintendent for both districts. Current District 75 Superintendent Andy Henrikson has announced his retirement effective at the close of the 2018-2019 schoolyear. The two boards would ink a five-year contract with Myers.
“The focus of District 75 finances has always been on supporting student learning,” Henrikson said. “The decision to hire one superintendent is a great move to spend more on students and less on administration and operations.”
The two groups have agreed on several goals for working together for the good of both districts. Those include building trust and moving the districts forward, becoming an effective team, understanding individual jobs and collective responsibilities, becoming a team with a common, focused direction, creating a culture that supports positive change and exploring additional shared services opportunities as they arise.
The recommendation to share a superintendent initially came from a Joint District 75/120 Shared Service Committee comprised of board members, teachers, parents, and community members from each district. The committee studied the idea at length and members agreed that sharing a superintendent would benefit both districts in the following ways:
- Increased student achievement through an aligned K-12 curriculum
- Increased funding to support student learning by reducing expenses for administration and operations
“We have two visionary boards of education that see shared services and a shared superintendent as a positive move for both districts,” Myers said. “I am looking forward to beginning a new era of education in Mundelein that will promote positive interactions among school staffs and a unified effort among all Mundelein educators to focus on our number one priority, our students,” he said.
The two districts actually began sharing technology staffs several years ago when the District 120 Technology Department began assisting and enhancing the technologies available in District 75. According to Myers, the two technology staffs have been working together and providing consistent service at both the high school and middle school campuses.
Each district will contribute to the superintendent’s salary and benefits based upon student enrollment in both districts.
“I have worked closely with Kevin Myers these past four years and witnessed his visionary leadership first-hand,” Henrikson explained. “During this time his collaborative nature and partnership with District 75 has earned him the respect of our board members and leadership team.”