Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board members unanimously approved a seasoned school architect for the board vacancy Monday night.

Andrew Pigozzi
Andrew Pigozzi, who lives in Evanston and has two children in the district’s schools, accepted the position and will serve until April 2009.
The position has been vacant since Sharon Sheehan resigned citing a lack of change in the district’s policies.
“I care a lot about public education and it’s one way I felt I could continue to help the community,” said Mr. Pigozzi, who ran in the last school board election.
He has worked as an architect planning schools for the last 20 years, and has even done work on Evanston Township High School.
“I respect that Andy ran for the board, he ran a campaign, he went through the election process,” said Mary Erickson, board president.
“That shows a big commitment.  The second thing was I was very glad to have an architect on board.  We spend millions of dollars on our physical plan.  It would be very good to have an architect sitting on this side of the table for once.”
Mr. Pigozzi’s goal is to ensure “that every child has an equal opportunity regardless of social status, race or income.”
The other potential candidates were Carolyn Castellini, Zaida Cintron, Jessica Clarke, Lisa Ditkowsky, Robert Eder, David Harpool, Karen Johnson, John Osterlund, and Mindy Wallis.

Each of the ten individuals were interviewed Monday afternoon in a closed-door session. Mr. Pigozzi was selected and began his term Monday night.

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  1. Ms. Erickson’s Comments
    If Ms. Erickson wanted to select a candidate for this vacancy who ran a campaign, then she should recommend that the Board revise it’s Policy Manual for this type of vacancy. The Policy clearly states “if the vacancy occurs with less than 868 days remaining in the term, the person so appointed shall fill the remainder of the unexpired term, and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held.”

    Her comments are a slap in the face to the nine other individuals who were willing to serve on the Board, in spite of not having run in the recent elections. The willingness to take on the responsibilities of being a Board member at this time should not count for nothing.

  2. We also spend thousands
    We also spend thousands of dollars on teachers and we didn’t respect or acknowledge the perspective that one Board Member brought to THAT side of the table. Why start now?

  3. Pigozzi or bust
    Congrats Mr Pigozzi—I’m sure you’ll serve the needs of community with great care & competence!

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