The Brookfield-Lyons School District 103 Board of Education is in the process of conducting second interviews with superintendent candidates and could have a decision on the district’s next leader by the end of November.

School board President David DeLeshe said Monday that the list of candidates for the job have been whittled down to “a few.” The school board was scheduled to meet in closed session Saturday, presumably to interview finalists. They have previously met in closed session to interview candidates last month.

DeLeshe did not give much information about the kind of candidate the district was seeking, other than to say D103 was not necessarily seeking a Ph.D.-level candidate.

“We’re looking for somebody who is a strong, well-versed, well-rounded person,” said DeLeshe. “We’re letting the process take its course. Our intention is to have it happen this year.”

The school board hired the Illinois Association of School Boards to conduct the candidate search for the superintendent’s job and do the initial candidate screening. Superintendent Michael Warner, who has led D103 since 2006, is retiring at the end of the 2011-12 school year. The new superintendent would take over July 1, 2012.

The school board initially targeted the end of November as the date by which they wanted to hire someone. DeLeshe said that is still a possibility although the deadline could be shifted into December.

The school board is expected to meet again in executive session on Nov. 14 to discuss next steps, DeLeshe said.

“After the 14th, we’ll have a much better sense of where we want to go,” DeLeshe said.

-Bob Uphues