Tonight the Riverside Elementary School District 96 Board of Education will take the first step in the search for a successor to Superintendent Jonathan Lamberson, who will be retiring next year. Lamberson has led District 96 since 2005.

The school board will interview two search firms at a public meeting at L.J. Hauser Junior High School, 65 Woodside Road, at 6 p.m. On May 23 the school board will interview two more search firms. The board plans to choose a search firm at its June meeting.

Tonight the board will interview representatives from BWP & Associates and SchoolExecConnect. Next week the board will meet with representatives of Hazard, Young & Attea and Ray and Associates.

District 96 used Hazard, Young & Attea when Lamberson was hired seven years ago. That firm also conducted the superintendent and principal searches for Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 that led to the hiring of Superintendent Kevin Skinkis last year and Principal Pamela Bylsma in 2010.

The school board hopes to hire a new superintendent by winter break, said District 96 school board President Mary Ellen Meindl.

“We’re looking for a candidate to help continue the academic excellence and [meet] the high expectations of our community,” Meindl said.

Lamberson’s contract expires no later than Nov. 1, 2013, but Meindl said that the new superintendent would probably start at District 96 on July 1, 2013.

In other District 96 news school board Vice President Art Perry suffered a compound fracture of his right ankle when he fell from a ladder at his house on Sunday while he was cleaning out his gutters.

Perry underwent surgery on his ankle at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

This has article has been changed to reflect that Art Perry fell from a ladder and fractured his right ankle.