Superintendent Search

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Superintendent Search Process

June 16 Update

Dr. Daniel F. Callaghan Named District 140 Superintendent

The KSD 140 School Board announced this evening that they have selected veteran educator Dr. Daniel F. Callaghan as the next Superintendent of Schools. The Board, assisted by the search firm of C&H Educational Consultants, LLC., conducted an extensive search and interview process of several well-qualified candidates. The decision to hire Dr. Callaghan was unanimous.

“Dr. Callaghan is an experienced leader with strong community ties and a deep commitment to our District,” stated Board of Education President Thomas Martelli. “We believe his experience, vision, and knowledge of the District will move us from good to great. The Board and I look forward to working with him as he makes this happen.”

“I am honored and humbled by the support of the Board and my colleagues,” stated Dr. Callaghan. “As someone who grew up in this area and attended D140 schools, I have an incredible amount of pride, loyalty, and investment in this community. I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to continue building exceptional schools that optimize educational opportunities for all students.”

Currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Callaghan has served the D140 community as a teacher and administrator for the past 19 years. He has provided leadership in developing educational programs and services, building operations, financial planning, communications, and technology integration. He has also served on several district-wide committees aimed at enhancing instruction, improving student engagement, and providing professional development and training.

Passion, Vision, and Commitment

“My vision for KSD 140 is to create and maintain an educational system where every student has equal and powerful educational opportunities,” stated Dr. Callaghan. I have a passion for educating the whole child and supporting growth both academically and socially.”

“I believe putting children first and meeting their needs are the keys to successful schools. My mission as an instructional leader is to have all teachers engage our students in learning with high expectations, promote student success, maintain a safe learning environment, and prepare students to be successful in today’s society. As the old saying goes, I believe it takes a village working together to help our students soar to new heights. I am committed to working collaboratively and responsively with all stakeholders to provide these opportunities for our students.”

Dr. Callaghan holds a Doctorate of Educational Leadership degree from the University of St. Francis, a master's degree in School Administration from Governors State University, and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Trinity Christian College. He will assume leadership of the District as Superintendent on July 1, 2022.


June 6 Update

The KSD140 Board of Education conducted interviews over the past two weeks with the seven finalists selected by our search firm, C&H Educational Consultants. Of the seven finalists, an internal candidate emerged as a clear front-runner based on his experience, vision, and knowledge of the District. This final candidate was also selected as the top choice of our consultants. Therefore, we do not see it as productive to hold finalist interviews this week. We plan to appoint and officially announce our selection of Dr. Daniel F. Callaghan, D140’s current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, as Superintendent at the Thursday, June 16, Board of Education meeting.

We appreciate and value the input we’ve received from all stakeholders throughout this search process. We look forward to working in partnership with you to continue serving our students and our school communities.


May 20 Update

At the May 19 Board of Education meeting, C&H Educational Consultants presented the Board with the number and titles of the candidates who applied for the position of Superintendent of District 140. The job posting was open from April 11 through May 16.

Total Applicants = 42

  • Title: Superintendent - 11 Applicants (26%)
  • Title: Assistant Superintendent - 8 Applicants (19%)
  • Title: Central Office Personnel - 12 Applicants (29%)
  • Title: Principal - 10 Applicants (24%)
  • No Title: 1 Applicant (2%)

Using the interview questions and rubric designed around the feedback received from the community and staff meetings, the consultants narrowed the field of candidates to seven finalists. The Board will conduct interviews in closed session with the finalists on Tuesday, May 24, Wednesday, May 25, and Tuesday, May 31.

An updated timeline of events regarding the remainder of the search process is listed below:

  • May 24, 2022 - Board of Education interviews candidates (Closed Session)
  • May 25, 2022 - Board of Education interviews candidates (Closed Session)
  • May 31, 2022 - Board of Education interviews candidates (Closed Session)
  • Week of June 6 - Board of Education interviews the final two candidates (Closed Session)
  • Week of June 13 - Board Attorney provides a Superintendent contract
  • June 16, 2022 - Board of Education Meeting - Official introduction and appointment of new Superintendent (during the Board Meeting)

May 10 Update

At the May 9, 2022 Special Board Meeting, C&H Educational Consultants provided the Board of Education with a report detailing the input gathered from community and staff members at the April 21 and April 28 superintendent search meetings. Interview questions and a rubric will be designed around this feedback. Thanks to all who participated and contributed to the process. We appreciate and value your input!

Please click here to review the report in its entirety.

Upcoming dates and a timeline of events relating to the search process are listed below:

  • May 16, 2022 - D140 Superintendent post closes
  • May 19, 2022 - Board of Education Meeting - C&H Educational Consultants presents the Board of Education with six finalists (Closed Session)
  • May 24, 2022 - Board of Education interviews three candidates (Closed Session)
  • May 25, 2022 - Board of Education interviews three candidates (Closed Session)
  • Week of June 6 - Board of Education interviews the final two candidates (Closed Session)
  • Week of June 13 - Board Attorney provides a Superintendent contract
  • June 16, 2022 - Board of Education Meeting - Official introduction and appointment of new Superintendent (during the Board Meeting)

April 12 Update

At the Monday, April 11, 2022 special meeting, the D140 Board of Education selected C&H Educational Consultants, LLC. to help guide the process of finding a new superintendent. The process and tentative timeline are outlined below and include meetings with the D140 community and staff.

If changes or updates are made to the tentative timeline, they will be posted at ksd140.org/board-of-education/superintendent-search.

If you are unable to attend either the April 21 or April 28 community meeting but would like to offer comments or suggestions, please email C&H Consultants at kirbysupt2022@gmail.com before April 29, 2022.


Superintendent Search - Tentative Timeline
Provided by C&H Educational Consultants


  • April 11, 2022 - Board of Education Special Meeting - Board hires C&H Educational Consultants to help guide the process of finding a new superintendent.
  • April 11, 2022 - D140 Superintendent opening posted
  • April 21, 2022 - Teacher & Paraeducator Leadership Meeting (staff only) facilitated by C&H Educational Consultants - Grissom Middle School from 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • April 21, 2022 - Community Meeting facilitated by C&H Educational Consultants - Grissom Middle School from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • April 28, 2022 - Support Staff Leadership Meeting (staff only) facilitated by C&H Educational Consultants - Prairie View Middle School from 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • April 28, 2022 - Community Meeting facilitated by C&H Educational Consultants - Prairie View Middle School from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • May 9, 2022 - Board of Education Special Meeting - C&H Consultants will provide a report on the feedback received from the community and staff
  • May 16, 2022 - D140 Superintendent post closes
  • May 19, 2022 - Board of Education Meeting - C&H Consultants will report to the Board regarding the six finalists (Closed Session)
  • May 24, 2022 - Board of Education will interview three candidates (Closed Session)
  • May 25, 2022 - Board of Education will interview three candidates (Closed Session)
  • Week of June 6 - Board of Education will interview the final two candidates (Closed Session)
  • Week of June 13 - Board Attorney will provide a Superintendent contract
  • June 16, 2022 - Board of Education Meeting - Official introduction and appointment of new Superintendent (during the Board Meeting)