Two finalists for District 64 superintendent named; will meet with public
By JENNIFER JOHNSON email@example.com | @Jen_Pioneer January 3, 2014 8:36PM
Laurie Heinz | File photo
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:40AM
Two suburban administrators have been identified as the finalists in Park Ridge-Niles School District 64’s search for a new superintendent.
The candidates are Laurie Heinz, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with Skokie School District 68, and Robert Machak, superintendent of Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124.
Heinz will meet with parents and other members of the community Tuesday. Machak will meet with the public Thursday
These community meetings will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Emerson Middle School, 8101 N. Cumberland Ave., Niles, and from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School, 200 S. Lincoln Ave., Park Ridge. District 64 is inviting parents and the public to meet the candidates in person.
Heinz has been assistant superintendent with District 68 since July 2011. She was involved in the implementation of a new math curriculum, Focus in Math, which is based on a program from Singapore that focuses on the concepts used to arrive at answers.
Before she joined District 68, Heinz served as principal with Northbrook School District 27. There, she led Shabonee School for three years, and Grove School, which has since closed, for six years. Heinz has also been an assistant principal in Palatine, and a teacher in Vernon Hills and Glenview.
Heinz holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate from National Louis University.
Machak became superintendent of Evergreen Park District 124 in July 2012. During his tenure, district teachers went on strike for two weeks in the fall 2012 after failing to agree on a contract with the board of education.
Before joining District 124, Machak was superintendent of Emmons Elementary School District 33 in Antioch for four years. He was also principal at Field Middle School in Northbrook for a decade and an assistant principal in Vernon Hills for a year. He has also been an English teacher at Mundelein High School and Forest Academy in Des Plaines.
Machak has a doctorate degree from National Louis University.
The District 64 School Board interviewed six candidates for superintendent before narrowing the list down to the two finalists. Board President Anthony Borrelli was not immediately available for comment Friday.
The candidates were presented to the board by the search firm BWP & Associates, which was hired by the district in September, shortly after District 64 Superintendent Philip Bender publicly announced his plans to step down at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Bender was hired by District 64 in 2010.