The District 303 School Board has begun the process to search for a new superintendent of schools to replace Dr. Jason Pearson when he leaves in June.
The firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates has been selected to lead the search for his successor.

About District 303

Located in Kane County and encompassing approximately 54 square miles, District 303 serves more than 11,000 students and employs approximately 2400 staff members. The District includes:

  • One Early Childhood Center
  • Nine elementary schools
  • One K-2 grade center
  • One 3-5 grade intermediate building
  • Two middle schools
  • Two high schools
  • Compass Academy competency based program for students in grades 9-12

In District 303 we use four strategic commitments to guide our continuous improvement efforts both at the School Board and district level, and in our schools--innovative learning, quality staff, responsible stewardship, and community relations.

Experienced educators provide a strong foundation upon which our students can experience success with both competencies and content. We are proud to have 91 National Board Certified educators in our district. When students have access to highly-qualified staff members who are passionate about their learning, students benefit greatly.

Through our determination to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, District 303 ranks first among Kane County School Districts in its fiscal management. We are the only Kane County school district to earn the highest rating of 4.0 in the state-designated financial “Recognition” category. We will continue our responsible stewardship to ensure our students have access to the resources they need to be successful

School districts cannot do it alone. District 303 has strong partnerships with our parents, businesses, intergovernmental agencies, and community members that enhance the ways in which we educate our students.

Search Timeline

Engagement Phase
School Board/Consultant Planning Meeting
Board member interviews with HYA
Community Survey
32 Community Focus Groups
Community forums
HYA presents Leadership Profile Report with selection criteria
to School Board

Recruit Phase
Position promoted in national publications
Applications open
HYA interviews, screens, and reference checks candidates
HYA presents a slate of candidates to the School Board
School Board selects candidates for first-round interviews
HYA and School Board prepare interview questions and
scenarios for first-round interviews

Select Phase
School Board conducts first-round of interviews and
narrows field to finalists
School Board conducts finalist interviews
School Board names new Superintendent


January 24
January 27 - February 4
open until end of day, February 20
February 9 - February 16
February 22 and 23
February 28


January 27 - March 11
January 28 - March 11
As applications arrive
March 14
March 14
March 14


March 20 - March 21

April 3
April 11

Community Input

The School Board is committed to offering opportunities for the community to give input using several mediums. Specifically, the School Board wants to hear your thoughts about:

  • current strengths of our schools and district
  • current challenges facing the district
  • priorities for the new leader
  • the professional and personal characteristics for the next superintendent   

Community Survey - The survey is closed.

Community Forums - The community forums have passed.
Community-based forums were held virtually on February 22 at 6:00 p.m. and February 23 at 7:30 p.m..

The information collected during these parts of the process was used to create the Leadership Profile Report that was presented to the School Board at a special meeting on February 28.

Leadership Profile

Search Firm

The District 303 School Board is pleased to partner with Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates (HYA) to conduct the search for the next District 303 Superintendent. HYA is a network of independent education consultants across the nation. This independent network has made HYA the preeminent education consulting firm with over 30 years of executive search and education consulting experience. Since 1987, HYA has provided support for education leaders to employ school executives, address issues related to student performance, and support aspects of school district operations.


HYA Associates Dr. Max McGee and Dr. Brian Harris, former superintendents with Illinois experience and national connections, look forward to serving the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 in this important work.