Omar Brown, vice president of human resources for the Chicago Transit Authority, officially joined the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board last night and attended his first meeting as a board member.

Before taking the oath of office, he was welcomed by Board President Tracy Quattrocki , who said “we think you’re going to bring so much to the board, and we’re excited about this.”

Brown fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Eileen Budde in June. When a vacancy occurs, the law requires the remaining members of the board to appoint a successor, which it did by a unanimous vote after considering 18 applicants for the position, according to Quattrocki.

Brown’s term will end in April, when he is expected to run for a full four-year term.

Top: Brown takes the oath of office with Quattrocki by his side. Above, he is joined by board members Claudia Garrison, Richard Rykhus, President Quattrocki, Suni Kartha, Katie Bailey, and Superintendent Goren. Absent was Candance Chow.

Also attending the board meeting for the first time were two new senior members of the administration, who were introduced and welcomed by Superintendent Paul Goren.

They are John Price, assistant superintendent for schools, and Maria Allison, chief strategy officer for the district.

Earlier stories:

D65 board picks CTA exec to fill vacancy

New D65 chief adds to headquarters team

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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