Bill Geiger, who recently completed two years of a four-year term on the Evanston Township High School District 202 Board, submitted his resignation from the board this week, and the search for his successor has already begun.

Geiger told Evanston Now that he and his wife, Beth, “lived with our kids in North Carolina in the mid-80s and have often said we’d make our way back when the time comes. The time’s come, especially with our grandson and his family in Charlotte.”

In reference to his time in Evanston, Geiger said “we both deeply appreciate the great friends and a community that has inspired and supported us.”

Born and educated in Evanston, Geiger served for nine years as executive director of the McGaw YMCA, and in 2013, he was the leading vote-getter of eight candidates running for the District 202 Board.

He has also been instrumental in forming the Cradle-to-Career organization, a collaborative initiative of the two local school districts, the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, plus more than two dozen other not-for-profit organizations serving the needs of Evanston youngsters.

ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said Friday that Geiger “has been an exemplary school board member who has always put students first,” adding: “I will greatly miss him. Evanston will miss him.”

Speculation this week on Geiger’s successor focused on Anne Sills, who came in fourth in a five-way race for three open positions on the board in the April 7 school board elections.

Incumbent Mark Metz, who beat Sills by less than 250 votes, suggested at a meeting of the board this week, before Geiger’s resignation was officially received, that the board should consider suspending its regular policy of seeking applications and should vote her in immediately.

The board took no action on his suggestion.

Sills was not available for comment.

In the meantime, the district has posted a formal application on its website, seeking applicants for the vacancy. Applications for the position will be accepted through the end of the business day at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

By law, when a vacancy occurs, the board is required to find a successor within 45 days.

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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  1. Horrible idea from Metz

    How can Mark Metz advocate for suspending ETHS policy to appoint Anne Sills to the Board? Mr. Metz is a long serving member of the Board and by now should know its policies and procedures. In fact, Mr. Metz went through the appointment process to gain his seat on the Board!

    Rules, processes, and procedures exist for a reason – to ensure appropriate goverance. Many Illinois public institutions are rife with corruption and lack public confidence and trust. We need to maintain the integrity and trust of our public institutions in Evanston.

    I would ask legal scholars and others with common sense to provide additional insight into this issue.

    Suspending the ETHS policy is a horrible idea.


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