Jim McKay has been the superintendent of Community High School District 117 in Northern Lake County, Illinois, since 2012. McKay left a job as a science teacher in the Boston area in 2000 and began his tenure with CHSD117 with four years as a chemistry and physics teacher at Antioch High School.

He moved up to assistant principal for curriculum and instruction for two years. From there he became Lakes High School’s principal for three years. McKay was chosen along with Antioch High School’s then-principal to serve as the district’s co-superintendents in 2009, before becoming the district’s sole superintendent.