Metz wins state award for ‘excellence’

Mark Metz and Superintendent Witherspoon

Veteran Evanston Township High School District 202 Board member Mark Metz was presented with an award of “excellence” from the State of Illinois for his work at ETHS and in the community.

The award was presented Tuesday night at the regular monthly meeting of the school board by ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon, who lauded Metz’ record as a board member since 2009, including two stints as board president, his participation in equity work, his support for restructuring of the school’s freshman honors program, and his contribution to youth baseball in Evanston, including serving as a baseball coach at the school.

In the community, Witherspoon said, Metz also served as a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board and headed a Blue Ribbon Committee that dealt with improving the city’s fire and police pension funds.

Superintendent Witherspoon and CFO Mary Rodino

Witherspoon also accepted for the 10th year in a row a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials on behalf of the district for excellence and best practices in financial reporting. About 60 school districts in the state receive this award, the superintendent said.

Joining him in accepting that award was Mary Rodino, chief financial officer for the district.

Gionmatthias Schelbert

Also Tuesday night, the board heard from the new president of the school’s teachers union, Gionmatthias Schelbert, who invited board members to contact him whenever they need to “hear directly from teachers” and said he welcomes the opportunity to work with the board productively “to do what’s best for the students.”