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Northside College Prep, State's Top H.S., Still Without a Principal

By Patty Wetli | July 16, 2013 9:36am | Updated on July 16, 2013 1:44pm
 Northside College Prep High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave.
Northside College Prep High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave.
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NORTH PARK — The state's top high school is still without a top administrator, just six weeks before the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Northside College Prep's Local School Council has set Wednesday as a priority deadline for applicants, Local School Council chairwoman Kathleen Andrade said in an email.

The school is seeking to replace Barry Rodgers, who resigned in early June as Northside's principal after accepting a position at Lake Forest High School.

An ad for the position has been posted internally within Chicago Public Schools as well as on national job sites, Andrade said.

Required credentials include a master's degree in education or related field and at least three years of experience in a school-based leadership position.

Key attributes referenced in the ad: commitment to collaboration, understanding of multiple pedagogies, demonstration of innovative and visionary leadership, and the ability to advocate for resources.

A CPS jobs site shows nine applications have been received to date.

"Following closure of the ad, we will be meeting to determine candidates for our first round of interviews," said Andrade.

Principal Selection Committees typically meet in closed session as they narrow the list of candidates. Community forums are often then held to introduce parents, students and faculty members to finalists and to gain feedback before the final LSC vote.

"The Northside LSC has discussed having [a forum] with the finalists, but no date for that event has been finalized as of yet," Andrade said.