Pearl City District Board of Education Hires Dr. Mike Schiffman As New Superintendent

PEARL CITY, ILLINOIS — The Pearl City District Board of Education announced Wednesday evening that they have voted to hire Dr. Mike Schiffman as the new Superintendent of Pearl City School District.

Dr. Schiffman will begin his new post officially July 1, 2019, as Pearl City School District Superintendent. He currently holds the position of Superintendent of Schools for Freeport School District 145, a position he has held since 2015. He has experience as a teacher and administrator in the Northwestern Illinois area.

The hiring of Dr. Schiffman follows a search by the district that included input from the parents, community, faculty, and staff. The initial step of the process was a community and faculty survey. Utilizing the results of the survey, the Board identified the next Superintendent’s focus areas. The school board reviewed applications, supporting documentation, and conducted extensive interviews, background and reference checks during the hiring process. Board President Bremmer said “Our board was very impressed with the quality of applicants that we interviewed. We feel that Dr. Schiffman’s experience, knowledge, and personality will make him a great choice to lead the Pearl City School District.”

Contract terms for Dr. Schiffman include a three-year contract with a base salary of $120,000. This is a competitive contract commensurate with the duties and responsibilities as well as the expectations of this Board and community.

Dr. Schiffman has expressed the importance of listening and learning to all the stakeholders in the district (students, faculty, staff, administration, current and future board members, parents and community). Dr. Schiffman stated “I am honored to be the finalist for the Pearl City Superintendent position. It is my belief that all young people can learn and achieve at high levels, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they do. These expectations include having high expectations for students to succeed academically, socially, in their post-secondary education, and in life.”

Schiffman also stated “I believe the Board of Education and the community share similar interests in preparing all students for success, and I believe we can work together to help Pearl City to continue to be a leading district in educating students and helping students achieve success.”

The Board wishes to thank the members of the community for their valuable input. A lot of insight was gathered from the community surveys and conversations. Hiring a Superintendent is one of the most important jobs placed upon the Board of Education. Partnering with the community was vital to the process for selecting our next Superintendent.

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