The Riverside Elementary School District 96 Board of Education has tentatively made its pick for its next superintendent — and that person is expected to be formally introduced next week. 

School board President Jeff Miller said that he hopes to introduce the new superintendent next week at a the Feb. 2 school board  meeting, assuming contract negotiations and a visit to the finalist’s current district go well. 

Miller declined to name the person who will likely become the next superintendent in District 96.

“We still have to have to do the site visit and negotiate the contract, so we can’t make an official announcement until Feb. 2 when we are having our committee of the whole meeting,” Miller told the Landmark. “But, yeah, we did make a decision and the whole board is very excited by our decision about the candidate. We’ll look forward to announcing it in a week or so if everything plays out as expected.”

On Jan. 26, Miller and board member Linda Murphy made a visit to the pick’s current district to talk to people and gather more information about their choice just to make sure that they feel comfortable about their pick. 

At the school board meeting on Tuesday after the Landmark’s press time, the board was expected to finalize salary and contract terms to offer their pick. Miller said that expected contract negotiations to go smoothly and quickly.

Last week, the school board interviewed the three finalists for the job. After the last interview on Friday night, the board took about 90 minutes to make a decision on a finalist. 

The names of the finalists were not revealed.