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Barry Hitchins

Barry Hitchins
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Unit 5’s school board is “reassessing” its options for closing a $12 million structural deficit—including a possible referendum in 2020—in light of Superintendent Mark Daniel’s plans to leave the district, the board president told WGLT.

Daniel and Hitchins
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The Unit 5 school board has developed a schedule to announce its new superintendent by the end of January. The confidential search will open Monday and close Nov. 29.

Barry and Mark at the board meeting
Joe Deacon / WGLT

Just two days after Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel announced his intention to leave after the current school year, the district’s Board of Education is starting down the path toward find his successor.

James Harden

Last month the Unit 5 school district approved a resignation agreement with its now former director of human resources and student services, James Harden.