• Members of the public are invited to attend receptions to meet the three final candidates in Freeport School District’s search for its next superintendent. The receptions will be held on Monday, May 20th, Tuesday, May 21st, and Wednesday, May 22nd at 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the Freeport Middle School Conference Center (701 W. Empire Street). The identity of each candidate will be announced at 6 p.m. on the day prior to their reception.


    Tuesday, May 21st Reception - Candidate: Caroline Pate-Hefty, Ed. D.

    Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty has been in education for 17.5 years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Student Services at Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89, a role she has been in for six years. District 89 has an enrollment of 5040, a staff of 275, and a budget of $64,000,000.

    Dr. Pate-Hefty previously served as the Director of Special Education at Harlem Consolidated School District from 2008 to 2013. She has also gained experience by serving as Principal of Walter Lawson Children’s Home for a year and a half and serving as a teacher for six years.

    Dr. Pate-Hefty holds a Doctor of Education degree from National Louis University (2017). She also holds a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University (2007) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin (2002). Dr. Pate-Hefty holds a Superintendent Endorsement for Illinois.

    Members of the community may meet Dr. Pate-Hefty at the superintendent candidate reception on Tuesday, May 21st at 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the Freeport Middle School Conference Center (701 W. Empire Street).

    Monday, May 20th Reception - Candidate: Anthony Bonds

    Anthony Bonds has been in education for 25 years. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning, & Innovation at the School District of Beloit, WI, a role he has been in for four years. The School District of Beloit has an enrollment of 7400, a staff of 800, and a budget of $100,000,000.

    Mr. Bonds previously served as the Director of Elementary Education at Sun Prairie Area Schools, WI, from 2013 to 2015. He has also gained experience by serving as Principal of Washington Elementary School in Wauwatosa, WI, for 10 years, as Associate Principal of West High School in Wauwatosa, WI, for four years, and as a high school science teacher at King High School in Milwaukee, WI, for five years.

    Mr. Bonds is expected to receive his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in July 2019. He holds a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1999) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Morris Brown College (1994). Mr. Bonds also graduated from the National Superintendent Academy in 2017 and holds a Superintendent Endorsement for both Illinois and Wisconsin.

    Members of the community may meet Mr. Bonds at the first superintendent candidate reception on Monday, May 20th at 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the Freeport Middle School Conference Center (701 W. Empire Street).