If you’ve always hankered to be a member of a local school board, but did not look forward to the agony and expense of participating in an election, there’s an opportunity awaiting you on the District 202 board that regulates the activities at Evanston Township High School.

As it turns out, only three of the four members whose terms expire this year ran for re-election, and no one new to the board qualified to run.

So at last night’s meeting, which featured the swearing-in of the board for the coming year, there was a vacant spot that the board needs to fill, and President Pat Savage-Williams announced the timetable for filling that vacancy.

Between now and June 1, she said, the district will be accepting applications from interested citizens. Interviews will be held during the month of June, and an official vote will be taken on or before June 28.

Board terms are for four years, which means the winning applicant must decide by 2025 whether to seek re-election. Traditionally, re-election has been much easier than winning the first time in a competitive election.

Veteran board member Gretchen Livingston, an attorney, joined the board in 2009 and has been successfully re-elected very four years since.

So if you’re interested, the place to begin is to check the ETHS website, which will tell you that you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of Illinois and the district for at least a year, and a registered voter.

It will also tell you some things you should NOT be, such as a child sex offender, holder of another incompatible public office, a school trustee, have a prohibited interest in any contract with the district, or hold certain types of prohibited state or federal employment.

It also provides a link to the board’s policies so that you can become familiar with them. If you’re still interested, then you should submit a letter of application and your resume to Ms. Savage-Williams by June 1 and make yourself available for an interview with the full board.

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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