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Anne Sills, who came in fourth in a five-way race for three spots on the Evanston Township High School District 202 Board in the April election, failed to gain a majority of the votes of board members Monday night to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Bill Geiger.

On a motion by Mark Metz to suspend the board’s policy for filling the vacancy and to elect Sills to the board, Monique Parsons and Board President Pat Savage-Williams voted “yes” with Metz, but Doug Holt, Gretchen Livingston, and Jonathan Baum voted “no.” 

As the meeting came to an end, board members faced a busy few weeks ahead of them, as they decided that the entire board would spend 30 minutes interviewing each of the 14 candidates who have applied for the position.

State law gives them only 45 days to fill the vacancy that occurred on May 27. That means they must reach a decision on a successor to Geiger by July 11, in a period when some board members are likely to have planned vacations.

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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...

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