SD 157C hires new superintendent
By Susan DeMar lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org April 2, 2014 8:42PM
Lansing native Maura Zinni has been hired as the new superintendent in Frankfort School District 157C, getting a three--year contract as of July 1. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 5, 2014 8:34AM
A new superintendent has been hired in Frankfort School District 157C — Lansing native Maura Zinni, the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Lombard District 44.
Zinni was chosen from a pool of 48 applicants that was narrowed down to eight finalists. The school board this week unanimously approved Zinni and gave her a three-year contract at an annual salary of $168,600, according to the district. Zinni takes over July 1.
She replaces Thomas Hurlburt, who resigned in November, with three years left on his contract, after he and Carrie Clodi, director of special services, had been placed on administrative leave in September. Clodi resigned a few weeks after Hurlburt.
The school board filled those positions with Patricia Wernet as interim superintendent and Susan Ireland as interim special services director. The board is interviewing to fill the post of special services director.
In its search for a new superintendent, the board hired BWP and Associates to conduct a national search and evaluate candidates based on input from families, district staff and the community through a focus group, an online survey and individual meetings.
“Dr. Zinni will be a strong and visionary instructional leader, an engaging and visible member of the community ... and someone who will respect our traditions while continuing to move forward as we serve each and every child in Frankfort,” board president Christopher McFadden said in a news release. “The schools are the heart of this community. We are confident that Dr. Zinni is the right person for this job.”
Zinni has held her post in District 44 since 2009. She also served as the director of curriculum and assessments in Burlington, Ill., as a principal in Skokie District 69, an assistant principal in Palatine District 15, a general and special education teacher in District 90 in River Forest and a teacher and reading specialist in Crete-Monee District 201U.
Zinni earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in reading and learning disabilities from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois.