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 Dr. Michael Lubelfeld Named District 109 Superintendent

On January 9, 2013, the District 109 Board of Education announced the selection of Michael Lubelfeld, EdD, as the District’s new superintendent. Dr. Lubelfeld will take the reins on July 1, 2013, after the retirement of Dr. Renee Goier at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The Board will take action on the contract at the Monday, January 14, 2013 Board of Education meeting at 7:00pm at the District Center. 

Dr. Lubelfeld has broad educational experience, as a teacher, administrator and an educator of educators. He has been superintendent of Pennoyer School District 79, an elementary district in Norridge, Illinois, since 2010. Before his superintendency at Pennoyer, he oversaw all staffing operations as assistant superintendent for personnel services for North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, where he also previously served as principal and associate principal of Elm Place Middle School. Dr. Lubelfeld began his educational career as an elementary and middle school teacher. He also has served as adjunct faculty at National-Louis University and Argosy University Chicago.

Dr. Lubelfeld is a Deerfield resident and District 109 parent. “I know firsthand as an education professional and as a parent that District 109 is truly exceptional. Students in our schools thrive because they are afforded extraordinary educational experiences from outstanding administrators, teachers and staff,” he says. “I’m honored and excited to be the next superintendent of District 109.” 

Board President Ellen London says that Michael Lubelfeld emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the District. “The Board is certain in our choice of Dr. Lubelfeld, and confident that under his leadership District 109 will continue to be recognized as among the best in the Chicago area – and in the nation,” says London.

She explained that the extensive community input, including the involvement of a committee of stakeholders was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search (the search process isoutlined on the District 109 website). The committee included teachers and administrators, parents who hold volunteer leadership positions in the District, and the Caucus-endorsed Board candidates for the upcoming election. “The input from the community as a whole, and the committee in particular, was invaluable in this very thorough process,” expressed London. “The committee’s hard and very thoughtful work allowed our District to find the superintendent with the right combination of educational and leadership experience, knowledgeof our community, and strong character.” 

Search firm Hazard,Young, Attea & Associates reviewed more than 60 applications, narrowing down the field to six candidates for interviews with the Board of Education. The Board selected three finalists, who were interviewed again by the Board and the community committee.

For the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year, Dr. Lubelfeld will continue to focus on the work required in his current position at Pennoyer, though he will be involved in some transition planning with Dr. Goier and other District staff members beforeJ uly 1. The District will schedule meet-and-greet events for the community tomeet the new superintendent in the spring and after he begins work at District109 in July. 

 The Search for a New Superintendent in District 109

The Board of Education is working with educational search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates in the process of finding a new superintendent for District 109. This web page will include the timeline and highlight all opportunities for community involvement. Please check back often, and send the link to friends and neighbors. All important announcements about the search also will be posted on the District 109 home page. Please subscribe to News and Upcoming Events to receive automatic email notifications of those announcements


The process for selecting a superintendent, which will beled by search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), includes two major efforts:

  • Developing the profile of the ideal superintendent candidate for District 109.
  • Screening candidates to match that profile and selecting the best candidate. 

Profile Development:

  • September 8 – October 5: An online survey was open and widely promoted throughout the community. Almost 300 people completed the survey. 
  • October 1 – 2: HYA held focus group meetings open to all community members, and individual and small group interviews with stakeholder groups. HYA interviewed more than 100 people at those meetings. 
  • October 15: HYA presented the results of the survey and meetings, and the profile of the ideal candidate for District 109, at the Board of Education meeting. From those results, HYA developed the following documents, which will guide their search for candidates to present to the Board:
    • Leadership Profile Report: This detailed document presents an in-depth look at the survey and meeting results.
    • Desired Characteristics: This document provides a clear and distinct description of the characteristics that any candidate for superintendent in District 109 should possess.

Candidate Screening and Selection:

Now that the candidate profile of has been posted, both on this web page and on HYA's website, the screening process begins in earnest. The expected screening and selection timeline is as follows: 

  • November 26: HYA presents a slate of five to six candidates to the Board of Education.
  • December 7-8: The Board conducts interviews of the candidates, and selects the two or three best candidates.
  • December 11-13: The Board, along with a community committee, conducts interviews of the two or three semifinalists. 
  • January 14: New superintendent announced. 

The Board of Education will be meeting with candidates on December 7-8, and selecting three finalists to bring back on December 11, 12 and 13. Each finalist will first meet with a community committee of staff, administrators and parents, and then meet again with the Board of Education for a second interview. 

The community committee serves in an advisory role, and will provide the Board notes from their interviews that offer perceptions of the finalists. The committee is comprised of stakeholders who serve in leadership positions within the District. Committee members include: 

  • Parents/Community: Katie Bittner, Scott Kluge, Linda Lopata, David Merkes, Sari Montgomery
  • District Staff and Administrators: Jessica Barnes, Eileen Brett, Dale Fisher, Todd Hyde, Dennis Jensen, Amy Karasick, Carrie Light