Members of the Brookfield-Lyons Elementary School District 103 board of education voted unanimously Monday night to hire a new superintendent for the district, ending a months-long search that involved bringing in two interim superintendents and sifting through dozens of applications for the position.
School board President Joanne Schaeffer announced that Dr. Michael Warner, currently the assistant superintendent for instruction at Glenbard Township High School District 87, will take over as superintendent in the coming school year.
He replaces the current two-person team of interim superintendents, Griff Powell and Patrick Patt, who have been serving the district since March. Raymond Lauk, the districts’ superintendent at the beginning of the 2005-06 school year, resigned the position in late February after the board voted last fall not to renew his contract.
Warner came out on top of 27 applicants for the job. At the meeting Monday night, all school board members and district administrators appeared excited to be bringing the search for the new superintendent to an end.
“You have the perfect person for this job,” Patt told the board. “He is going to take everybody here as far as you want to go.”
Warner has been working in District 87 for the past 16 years, filling a variety of positions. In a separate interview, he said he has worked as the assistant superintendent for instruction for the past seven years, overseeing the district’s classroom curriculum, special education program, Web site and instructional technology services.
He has also served as the district’s director of school improvement, working with each of the district’s four high schools to develop school improvement plans, creating a staff development program and working to help bring technology into the district’s classrooms.
Schaeffer noted that Warner also has experience in elementary level education. He has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and began his career as an elementary math and science teacher, she said.
In fact, Warner said, it was the opportunity to return to elementary education that originally attracted him to District 103. He said he was also impressed by the diversity and devotion to education that he found in the district, and was looking forward to working with everyone in the coming years.
“There are people in the district from so many different backgrounds, and I like working with a variety of people,” he said.