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Letter to District 428 Parents and Community Members from Dr. Hawk, Interim Superintendent

posted Oct 19, 2016, 6:45 AM by Melissa Smith

Dear Parents and Community Members:

I would like to introduce myself and share with you some of the insights I have gained in the past two weeks while beginning the work of serving as your Interim School District Superintendent.

My name is Dr. Brad Hawk and I come to your district as a professor at Northern Illinois University, a retired superintendent of Burlington Central School District #301, a former principal and teacher with over 44 years of public school experience. I am married with 5 children and 11 grandchildren with number 12 due any day.

I feel privileged to have been asked by the Board of Education of District #428 to step in as the interim superintendent during a time when trust and relationship building are needed. My experience has taught me that in order for a school district to excel, there needs to be a relentless focus on students; a strong culture of collaboration and trust among the staff; and transparency through a partnership with the community.

Over the past two weeks, I have visited all the schools and done a lot of listening. My observations, while new, are clear: District 428 is in very good hands. The principals and assistant principals share the belief that any a school district must do all it possibly can to ensure students are getting a high quality education. The relationships between the teachers, staff and students are extremely strong and highly professional. I have in fact told many of the school leaders that I would feel very comfortable with my grandchildren being educated in District #428.

From the perspective of the Board of Education and from my observations, the quality of instruction and service for students in the classrooms of the district has not been negatively impacted by the changes and transition in leadership. The teachers, buildings staff and principals have done an outstanding job of insuring that it has been business as usual for our students.

I look forward to getting to know you and hearing your perspective and will serve you and the District #428 the very best way I can.


Dr. Bradley Hawk
Interim Superintendent