There is plenty of interest in joining the District 65 Board of Education.

For a job that pays nothing and comes with a lot of potential headaches and controversy, there is no shortage of people who want to be on the Evanston/Skokie District 65 Board of Education.

Thirteen people have applied to fill the position formerly held by Marquese Weatherspoon, who resigned unexpectedly last month.

Weatherspoon herself was an appointee to an empty slot, and was on the board only about a year.

District 65 provided the names of the applicants in response to a request from Evanston Now, but declined to provide any biographical information.

We’ve added information that we were able to locate online that appears to relate to the named individuals.

Update 9/11/22: The story has been updated to include additional information provided by District 65 in response to our FOIA request after the original story was posted.

The person named by the current board will have the advantage of incumbency if he or she chooses to run for a full term in the next election, but won’t have time to build up much of a record before that election arrives next April.

All the applicants for appointment to the board said they plan to run in next April’s election, except Percheski, who answered, “Most likely no.”

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. The fact that the Board would offer no real information about the nominees other than their names is another appalling example of their toxic culture. They operate as though they are accountable to no one, not even the capos in their Facebook mob.

    Vote them all out.

  2. Vote them out! Math scores are atrocious. The culture is toxic! We are about to lose middle school languages (Spanish, French). Vote them out! Vote them out! Vote them out!

  3. I don’t know any of these folks, but judging from what is compiled here you can make a list of people who have resumes that show they are qualified and possibly independent:

    Chiao, Easter, Percheski, M. Wilkins.

    Given the Board’s predilections, I think we can say that those four will likely not be chosen. The board is probably disappointed they didn’t have any educational consultants apply since group-think seems to be their biggest priority.

  4. Is Tanyavutti going to recuse herself from the selection process? Olasimbo presents a massive conflict of interest, and based on their past behavior, stands out at 99% likely to be picked.

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