District 47 Taps Dr. Kathy Hinz as Permanent Superintendent

Dr. Kathy Hinz will move into the permanent position of District 47 Superintendent of Schools starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Dr. Kathy Hinz, Superintendent of Schools for District 47. Photo: D47
Dr. Kathy Hinz, Superintendent of Schools for District 47. Photo: D47
After serving as Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47 interim superintendent of schools for the past six months, Dr. Kathy Hinz will continue the role in a permanent capacity beginning Jan. 1. 

The District 47 School Board at its Monday night meeting appointed Hinz as the district's new superintendent. The board awarded Hinz a two-year contract, starting Jan. 1, 2014 running through June 30, 2016.

Hinz currently earns $139,198 as interim superintendent.  Her new salary will be $173,000, according to District 47 School Board president Jeff Mason. 

“The board has had the opportunity to observe and evaluate Kathy’s ability to lead the district over the past six months," Mason said. "We are very pleased with the leadership, teamwork and communication she has demonstrated."

As part of the evaluation process to select a new superintendent, the District 47 Board retained Ed Rafferty, retired superintendent from Schaumburg District 54, for assistance. 

Rafferty has been helping the school board and the district by evaluating operations and practices, as well as providing mentoring to Dr. Hinz, Mason said.  

Hinz has been employed with District 47 since August 2000. She holds both a Superintendent Endorsement and Special Education Director Endorsement. 

Prior to taking over as interim superintendent, she served as District 47’s Asst. Superintendent of Student Services and Professional Development, a position she held since January 2010. 

“I am looking forward to working closely with our outstanding teachers and support staff, exceptional parents and highly dedicated Board of Education to continue to provide and enhance the quality educational opportunities that we provide our students," Hinz said. 

"Our focus on continuous improvement and commitment to providing the best educational programs possible will ensure that our students will reach even higher levels of learning and be prepared for success in high school and beyond."

Hinz replaces former superintendent Donn Mendoza, who resigned in June midway through a five-year contract that would have expired in June 2016.


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