Sole candidate Schultz gets nod as district’s next superintendent

When School District 51 Superintendent Tim Mills leaves at the end of June, his assistant will step up to head the district.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to offer Steve Schultz the job of superintendent.

A public interview with Schultz on Monday “only served to strengthen” his belief that Schultz was the logical successor to Mills, board member Ron Rowley said.

The board decided in March to offer the job first within the district, and Schultz was the only applicant.

An audience of district employees and Schultz’s family applauded after Tuesday’s vote.
Board President Leslie Kiesler and the school district’s attorneys will negotiate a contract with Schultz.

Mills “did a wonderful job of succession planning,” board member Diann Rice said.

Mills is leaving his $175,000-a-year job to take a superintendent’s job in Milwaukie, Ore.

After joking with board member Harry Butler about the multiple copies he made of his
interview presentation, Schultz said he had to earn the job.

“I never felt it was a lock, though others may have,” he said. “It’s a true honor to serve District 51.”

Schultz, 56, who started as a teacher in the district in 1982, has been an assistant principal, principal, central-office administrator and for the past six years served as assistant superintendent.

He was accompanied by his wife, Debbie, sons Matt and Chris, daughter Katie, and Matt’s wife, Crystal.

“The hardest part of your job could be us,” board member Cindy Enos-Martinez said.

“I’m prepared,” Schultz responded.


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