Qualified Candidates Sought for Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools

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April 8, 2021

Qualified Candidates Sought for Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools left vacant by the resignation of Roycealee Wood, who recently stepped down due to health reasons.

"Roycealee Wood has had an exemplary career of service to the citizens of Lake County," Hart said. "She was first elected to office in 2002, and was in the midst of her fifth term when she became unable to continue due to complications from COVID-19. On behalf of the entire Lake County Board, we thank her for her dedication and wish her all the best for a full recovery."

According to Illinois law, the Lake County Board Chair shall appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 60 days with the advice and consent of the county board. The appointee would serve until the next general election, Nov. 8, 2022.  The appointee must be of the same political party as Ms. Wood when she was last elected. This is determined by an individual’s declared party affiliation at the most recent primary election in which they voted. Accordingly, the chair is required to appoint a Republican to this vacancy.

Additionally, state law requires that the appointee have the following professional qualifications:

  • Be of good character
  • Have a master's degree
  • Have earned at least 20 semester hours of credit in professional education at the graduate level
  • Hold a valid all grade supervisory license, a valid State limited supervisory license, a valid state life supervisory license, or a valid administrative license
  • Have at least four years experience in teaching
  • Have been engaged for at least two years of the previous four years in full-time teaching or supervising in the common public schools or serving as a county superintendent of schools or regional superintendent of schools for an educational service region in the State of Illinois

A qualified candidate seeking to be considered must obtain a certificate of eligibility from the State Superintendent of Education and provide it as part of the application process.

All individuals who meet the above criteria are encouraged to submit their resume, letter of interest, certificate of eligibility and any other supporting material they wish to include (such as letters of recommendation) via email to countyboard@lakecountyil.gov, or via U.S. mail to:

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart
Lake County Board Office, 10th Floor
18 North County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021.


Arin Thrower
Chief Communications Officer
Email: communications@lakecountyil.gov
Phone: 847-377-2550