If you’d like to serve on the Board of Education of Evanston/Skokie School District 65, but don’t want to mess with a potentially expensive campaign, there is an option that you might find attractive.

Because Richard Rykhus, vice president of the board, has submitted his resignation, due to family and work commitments, effective today, the board is seeking applicants to serve as a board member until the expiration of his term in April of 2019.

Applications and resumes must be submitted by Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. The board will conduct interviews for the position between Jan. 20 and 22. The winning candidate will assume the position as soon as a formal board vote can be cast soon thereafter.

Applications are available now on the district’s website.

While filling out the application, you will be asked to answer the following questions with a paragraph or two each:

Why do you want to serve as a member of the District 65 School Board? 

What skills/experiences do you have that will enable you to serve effectively as a school board member? 

How can you help address diverse perspectives of issues that are considered by the board? 

What issues do you think are most important for District 65 to address in the coming years? 

Describe how you view the role of the board as it relates to the relationship with the superintendent? With the community? 

If you could change one thing in District 65 immediately upon joining the board, what would you want to see changed? 

In addition to submitting the application, you will also be asked to include a copy of your current resume.

Rykhus, who was first elected to the board in 2011, announced his resignation in December, but said he wanted to remain on the board until it voted Tuesday on seeking an extra $14.5 million a year in an operational referendum.

The board unanimously voted to put the referendum issue on the ballot during the school board and city election that is set for April 4.

At the end of last night’s board meeting, members paid tribute to Rykhus for his service on the board, which included heading up the Finance Committee that unanimously recommended the referendum to the full board.

In recognition of his service, he was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Superintendent Paul Goren and Board President Candance Chow.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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