Updated: December 4, 2013 6:09AM
The Palos School District 118 Board is beginning the process of searching for a new superintendent, according to a news release from the district.
Joseph M. Dubec, who has been superintendent for the past eight years, has announced his retirement, effective at the end of this school year, the district said.
Dubec has been instrumental in steering District 118 to balanced budgets, high student performance and expanded technology support for instruction, according to the release. He told the board that it has been his privilege to serve the community, and that he appreciates the confidence the board placed in him.
The board hired the HYA executive search firm to assist with the search for a new superintendent. Input from the community is being sought regarding the future needs for District 118 schools, as well as the strengths and characteristics desired in a new superintendent, according to the release.
An online survey regarding qualities of the future superintendent will be available through Nov. 5. The survey can be accessed on the district website at www.palos118.org.
Leadership profile results will be compiled by HYA, and results will be reported on the district website as part of the search process, according to the district.
Interested parents and community members are invited to attend a town hall meeting to discuss the new superintendent search. The meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Palos South Middle School, 13100 S. 82nd Ave., Palos Park.