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Superintendent Search

September 13, 2023

Press Release

Board Statement
The Elkhart Community Schools Board of Trustees has reopened its search for a new
superintendent.  We understand the importance of this position to the future of our schools, and
all of the Trustees are committed to working together to identify and hire the best candidate to
lead and serve our students, staff, and community.  

This is not easy work.  As we move through this process, we anticipate having some tough
conversations.  We are passionate about our schools and community, and only want the best
for our students and staff. 

The ideal candidate for the Elkhart Community Schools will have a strong record of
accomplishments as an instructional leader in improving student achievement, with outstanding
communication skills, a collaborative leadership style, and the ability to engage with all
stakeholders to improve student learning. 

Applications are being accepted until October 22 by BWP & Associates, a national firm that
specializes in assisting public school districts find new leadership.  

The Board anticipates naming its next superintendent by January 1, 2024, with the new
superintendent beginning work no later than July 1, 2024.  

For additional information about the superintendent search, please visit the ECS website.

Application Information

All application materials are treated confidentially. Applicants are requested not to contact members of the School Board. Interested candidates need to complete the online application process at A regionally competitive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate. 

Each candidate will be informed of the Board’s selection and appointment of the new Superintendent. The final appointment is the sole responsibility of the School Board.

BWP & Associates, Ltd., 827 N. Milwaukee Avenue, #221, Libertyville, IL 60048

For additional information, please contact BWP search consultants:

Dr. Phil Ehrhardt - 630.514.7003
Mr. Steve Griesbach - 708.822.8706

Community Engagement Report/Superintendent Leadership Profile

Elkhart Community Schools received community input to determine the most important skills, experiences, and personal qualities of the next district superintendent, through a community survey and focus groups. To assist with this process, the ECS Board of Trustees partnered with BWP & Associates, an educational leadership search consulting firm. Opportunities for all community stakeholders included surveys and focus groups. Please see additional information, including survey results, below. 

Person climbing bar graph to reach for star with the words Superintendent Leadership Profile