School District 308 Hires Jennifer Volpe as New Executive Director of Special Education
Volpe currently serves as director of student services for Country Club Hills School District 160. Prior to that, she worked as a special education administrator in Evergreen Park School District 124 and School Association for Special Education in DuPage. She also was a special education teacher in Indian Prairie District 204.
Out of the 54 candidates who applied for this position, six were selected for the first round of interviews with the senior leadership team. As the result of these interviews, three finalists were identified and invited to participate in committee interviews on April 3, 2017.
Each finalist interviewed with three committees. The first committee was composed of administrators, teachers, and support staff and was facilitated by Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Lisa Smith.
The second committee consisted of parents and special education administrators and was facilitated by Executive Director of Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits Roxana Sanders. The third committee consisted of Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin and Associate Superintendent Dr. Judith Minor.
Each of the committees was given a list of questions aligned to Illinois Administrative Standards for Special Education Directors and a rubric for scoring the candidates’ responses. At the end of the interviews, all of the scores were totaled and, based on the feedback received, the recommended candidate for the role was selected.
The recommendation to hire Volpe as the district’s new executive director of special education was presented to the Board of Education at its April 10 meeting.
Volpe will begin her role with the district on July 1.