The Evanston Township High School board has named Mark Metz to fill the unexpired term of member Omar Khuri.

The board announced the appointment Tuesday night, after holding closed-door interviews with 10 candidates.

Khuri resigned from the board earlier this month, just under two years into his four-year term, saying that increased job-related travel was making it difficult for him to attend board meetings.

Metz will be sworn in at a special board meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

Four seats on the seven-member board will be filled in the April 7 election and only four candidates chose to run for those positions.

A business development executive, Metz has provided financial leadership, strategic planning and development, marketing expertise, and relationship management for Chicago Deferred Exchange Company, PlanTools LLC, ABN AMRO Trust Services Company and Transamerica Pension Services.

During Metz’s 29 years in Evanston, he has been involved in a variety of school and community organizations as his three children matriculated through the Evanston schools.

A sports enthusiast, he coached basketball at Dewey School and Nichols Middle School and served as president of the Evanston Baseball & Softball Association.

Metz is a member of the Evanston Parks and Recreation Board and chaired the city’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Police and Fire Pension Funds.

At ETHS, he has been a board member with the ETHS Boosters Club and the ETHS District Foundation.

Metz earned a degree in mathematics from Western Illinois University and is a certified employee benefits specialist and a certified financial planner.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Fiscal responsibility vs. children’s well being.
    The board’s decision to appoint Metz is a clear indication that they are more worried about finance then the well being of the children within the school. There has always been a thought in the back of my mind that budget over-shadows a child well being. And this appointment is a very clear indicator of that thought. I hope who ever reads this attends a board meeting at one point to listen to them speak of budget before student support. And if they do speak on support of students the first questions to leave a board members mouth is “how much would that cost us”. Its irresponsible.

  2. Mark Metz – A great addition to D202 Board
    All students and our entire community will be well served by the addition of Mark Metz to D202 School Board.

    I met Mark in April 2008 when we started working together on the Blue Ribbon Pension Fund Committee. Our group nominated and appointed Mark as Chairman and his leadership was greatly appreciated by our team. He is a person of impeccable character
    and integrity. Throughout our 6 month project Mark consistently demonstrated his ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds, and displayed listening skills, common sense, qualitative and quantitative skills.

    These characteristics will serve him, our community, and most importantly, all children well as a D202 School Board member. As a parent of 7th, 5th, and Pre-K children, I am pleased to know that Mark’s role on D202 School Board will help ensure that ETHS’ legacy of excellence will continue into the future.

    I would strongly urge all members of the Evanston community to meet Mark and get to know him before reaching premature conclusions.

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