A statement from Carpentersville District 300 School Board Vice President Joe Stevens:
The Board of Education is pleased to announce that we have selected and retained the next leader for Community Unit School District 300, replacing Dr. Michael Bregy who will be leaving to join North Shore School District 112 at the end of May.
Mr. Fred Heid comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida, where he is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the Duval County Public School System, which has an student enrollment of 124,000.
Mr. Duval received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Florida, and has finished his course work for his PhD from Capella University based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently working on his dissertation, whereupon he will earn his PhD.
Mr. Heid’s current and previous positions held are:
- Duval County Public Schools – Chief Academic Officer
- Florida Dept. of Education – Bureau Chief for School Improvement and Accountability
- Orange County Public Schools – Principal
- Sarasota County Public Schools – Department Chair/Teacher
Some of the awards that Mr. Heid has received:
- Booker Middle School Teacher of the Year
- Sarasota County Overall Teacher of the Year
- University of Florida – Outstanding Educator
- Sarasota Magazine – What’s Right in Education
- Disney Teacher of the Year Nomination
Mr. Heid has signed a three year agreement and will be paid an annual salary of $210,000 and his contract will be posted on the D300 website once it has been formally voted on by the Board of Education anticipated to occur at a special Board Meeting on the evening of May 28.
Mr. Heid will be available to meet with staff, parents and the press after that board meeting at a small reception being held at Westfield Community School to officially welcome him.
Mr. Heid is married to his wife, Patty, and they have one elementary-aged child. They will be moving to the D300 area once housing is secured.
Mr. Heid is fully bilingual and not only fluently speaks Spainish, but also is proficient in reading and writing it as well.
During his many interviews, Mr. Heid stressed that he is first and foremost an educator and instructional leader.
The D300 Board of Education is confident in this selection and look forward to Mr. Heid leading this district.
In addition, the Board of Education is as one voice in wishing Dr. Michael Bregy well in his new position, and thanking him for his many years of service to D300 schools.