Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has ended its superintendent search by placing Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, an award winning superintendent and noted school reformer, in the top spot.
At Monday night's board meeting the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education unanimously accepted the recommendation of the search firm and welcomed Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart with a three year contract.
This decision was made after a thorough search, which included considerable community input.
"We were fortunate to have a number of highly qualified candidates who shared our vision for the education of our young people and the development of our schools," said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. "After an exhaustive review process, we were convinced that Dr. Collins-Hart was the best person for the job. We are excited to bring her talent, dedication and vision to the service of our Proviso students and families."
Dr. Collins-Hart was selected from a field of four exceptional finalists, all of whom underwent a rigorous review process by the PTHS 209 search committee, said Welch.
Collins-Hart most recently served as Superintendent for the Bertie County Schools in North Carolina. There, she was credited with helping move the county schools forward with innovative curriculum and grant funding.
Among other awards, Collins-Hart received the 2006 Superintendent of the Year award from the American Cancer Society for the South Atlantic Region 4 and a Leadership Award in 2005 from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro National Alliance of Black School Educators. She's also been cited for her work in closing the achievement gap in equity education by author Glenn Singleton in his 2005 book Courageous Conversations about Race: a Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools.
Most of Collins-Hart's work has involved raising the standards of classroom instruction, closing achievement gaps between various student demographics, and improving curriculum development, alignment, and implementation. She also possesses a noteworthy track record of sound fiscal management and accountability at both primary and secondary levels of education.
Dr. Collins-Hart received her Bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, two Master's degrees from East Carolina University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Collins-Hart's contract as PTHS 209 Superintendent begins July 1, 2008.