Superintendent Fred Heid
Fred Heid began his career in education as a teacher at Booker Middle School in Sarasota County, Florida, where, during his third year, he was recognized as Sarasota County’s Teacher of the Year. This recognition and subsequent opportunities inspired Mr. Heid to pursue a degree in Educational Leadership.
After completing his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida, Mr. Heid was hired as an Assistant Principal at Westridge Middle School in Orange County. While there, Mr. Heid worked to develop a data-driven instructional program that targeted students’ academic needs.
After three years, Mr. Heid was promoted to Principal at Liberty Middle School in Orange County where he was able to successfully transform the school’s culture and academic performance by moving the school from a “C” to an “A” on the state of Florida’s school report card. Based on this success, Mr. Heid was asked to transfer to Memorial Middle School where he worked to develop a structured academic environment with a keen focus on developing academic rigor, literacy development, and a culture of success.
Mr. Heid then served as Bureau Chief for School Improvement and “lead” for the state’s Differentiated Accountability (DA) project where his duties included the monitoring and support of 300 schools in DA targeted assistance. As Bureau Chief for School Improvement, Mr. Heid supervised 98 field staff that were embedded within the lowest-performing schools. He also served as part of the Department of Education’s team that developed and led the state’s rulemaking process related to the ESEA waiver and Differentiated Accountability process.
Mr. Heid later served as the Chief Academic Officer for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), serving over 127,000 students in 200 schools.
In June of 2014, Mr. Heid was appointed as Superintendent of District 300 in Algonquin, Illinois, serving over 20,000 students. As Superintendent, Mr. Heid established a 5-Year Strategic Plan focused on achieving the district’s central mission: to ensure all students are college and career ready upon graduation, implemented a new organizational chart to maximize productivity, secured a 4-year contract with the teacher’s union, expanded tuition-free full-day kindergarten district-wide, organized one of the largest 1:1 computing device programs in Illinois, and developed Pathways Programs offering high school students opportunities to earn industry credentials, internships with local business, and college credit before graduation.
In 2017, Mr. Heid created a partnership with Elgin Community College to establish the Accelerate College Program, providing students with the opportunity to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. In May of 2019, the first class of students enrolled in the Accelerate College Program received their college diplomas from Elgin Community College a day before receiving their high school diplomas, completely tuition-free.
In August of 2017, Mr. Heid launched DREAM (Dedicated Reinforcement, Engagement, and Motivation) Academy at Perry Elementary School in Carpentersville Illinois. DREAM Academy provides targeted academic behavioral and social supports to students in grades 1-5 who have been identified at risk. Since implementing DREAM Academy, students are demonstrating two or more years of academic growth toward grade-level performance standards and a decline in truancy rates.
Since Mr. Heid became Superintendent in 2014, students graduating from District 300 schools have earned $100.9 million dollars in scholarships.
Community Unit School District 300
2550 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102
Executive Secretary to Superintendent Fred Heid
Linda.Keyes@d300.org | 847-551-8308