Pressure builds for D202 action on vacancy


The three members of the Evanston Township High School District 202 Board that voted against appointing Anne Sills to a board vacancy have requested a special meeting of the board for next week.

Jonathan Baum, on behalf of himself and members Doug Holt and Gretchen Livingston, said Friday that the trio had requested a meeting, to be held in open session, for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of next week “for the purpose of discussing selection of a member to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bill Geiger from the board.”

By late Friday afternoon, the meeting had not yet been scheduled, but Board President Pat Savage-Williams told Evanston Now that “I am working to find a time when the entire board is available to meet.  We will post it as soon as I get confirmation that all can attend.”

The board is up against a July 10 deadline for filling the vacancy, or it goes to regional school superintendent Bruce Brown to do the job.

Savage-Williams and the other two members of the board, Mark Metz and Monique Parsons, twice tried unsuccessfully to appoint Anne Sills to the post, as she just missed by about 200 votes being elected to the board in the biennial election of school board members last April.

But Baum, Holt, and Livingston insisted that the board pick someone else among the 14 candidates who applied to fill the vacancy. Because there are only six members left on the seven-member board, any decision would require four votes.

Since Geiger officially announced his resignation on May 27, the Board has interviewed all 14 candidates who are vying for the job.

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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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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