NIU to host super summit

DeKALB – On Thursday, Oct. 24, a panel of NIU alumni and friends who currently serve as superintendents of area school districts will participate in a Superintendents Summit at Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. The summit is free and open to the public.

Superintendents scheduled to participate are Kathy Countryman, Sycamore School District 427; James Briscoe, DeKalb School District 428; Brian L. Harris, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200; and Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public Schools.

Countryman began her administrative career as an assistant principal in Indian Prairie 204 in Naperville. Her tenure at Dist. 427 began in 2000, as principal of Southeast Elementary.

Briscoe arrived in DeKalb in 2008, when he began his tenure as superintendent of Dist. 428. Under his leadership, the district opened a new high school in 2011, and continues to work with NIU to expand partnership schools. Before coming to DeKalb, he was superintendent of Oak Lawn Community High School Dist. 229 in Oak Lawn.

Harris manages a large district with more than 1,700 employees and a $155 million budget. He previously worked in several assistant superintendent roles in St. Charles CUSD 303, including assistant superintendent for human resources and assistant superintendent for learning and teaching.

Jarrett assumed his role in the Rockford Public Schools on July 1. He joined the district’s leadership team in 2011 as an assistant superintendent. Prior to that, he was principal at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton. During his four-year tenure there, both Newsweek and the Washington Post recognized Hononegah as one of the top schools in the country.

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