Politics, as they say, is a rough business, but the Evanston Township High School District 202 Board is apparently willing to let bygones be bygones after the regional superintendent picked a candidate who was twice sidelined by tie votes to replace Bill Geiger, who resigned in May
Half the board and virtually all the citizens who spoke during public-comment time at board meetings, insisted on picking defeated candidate Anne Sills to fill the vacancy. They insisted that she had, in effect, paid her dues by running in the April election and coming in a close fourth for the three open seats.
The other half was just as insistent that being a candidate in the election was not enough to qualify someone for a seat on the board, particularly after 13 other persons, including a smattering of Ph.D.’s and a whole slew of MBA’s, suggested the possibility that the board could do better.
Deadlocked twice on the issue, the board turned the matter over to Regional School Superintendent Bruce Brown, who sided with the pro-Sills contingent when he issued his decision Monday, and the matter was officially settled.
The only real dissent came from some of the other 13 candidates who were miffed that they weren’t even contacted by the regional official for an interview.
Contacted by Evanston Now, none of the board members, nor the regional superintendent, apparently wanted to roil the waters by commenting on the selection.
So when the board holds its next meeting in August, it is likely that Sills will be welcomed with smiling faces and kind remarks as it once again turns its attention to issues concerning the education of the district’s high school students.