Skokie School District 69 Needs You!

School Board Open Position 

The 2017 regular election was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Four School Board seats were up for election. However, only three candidates submitted their names for the ballot. This leaves the District 69 School Board with one open seat which, by Illinois School Code, must be filled.

To that end, the School Board now plans to accept applications for this open position through April 20, 2017. This will be followed by an interview with current members of the Board during the week of April 24, 2017. An announcement of the newest Board member is expected shortly thereafter with the plan that each of the newly (re)elected Board members will be officially welcomed to the District 69 Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (official notice of the meeting to be posted closer to that date).

Any interested District 69 community members are encouraged to access the application either by the online form here or by contacting Ms. Christina Bart, Assistant to the Superintendent, by telephone at the District Office (847-675-7666). Any other questions may be directed to Ms. Terri Lefler, President of the District 69 Board of Education, at leflert@skokie69.net.

What do school boards do?

An effective school board plays an important leadership role in creating and maintaining the quality of education in your school district. The school board sets the vision and goals for the school district, then allocates the resources needed to achieve them, and finally monitors the district’s progress towards achieving them. One school board member cannot do the job alone. Effective school board members contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with other board members and the superintendent.

A typical school board meeting will include many business items, such as approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, overseeing construction, and approving contracts with outside vendors. A successful school board will balance discussion of the mundane business of running the district while paying close attention to the district’s priorities for student learning.

Being a school board member requires a commitment of time and energy. It is also an excellent and rewarding way to give back to your community.

Qualities of Effective School Board Members

The best school board member may be you. Board members come from all walks of life. The ability to function as one member of a seven-member governing board is not determined by sex, occupation, race, income, or social standing. Effective school board members are characterized by the following:

  1. The ability to work as a member of a team, including an open mind and an ability to engage in give-and-take and to arrive at a group consensus.
  2. The willingness to spend the time required to become informed and to do the homework needed to take part in effective school board meetings.
  3. The desire to serve children and the community and a strong belief in the values of public schools.
  4. The respect for the needs and feelings of other people and a well-developed sense of fair play.
  5. The recognition that the school district is probably one of the largest “businesses” in town and that the board is responsible for seeing that the business is run by highly skilled professionals.

Effective school board members are often those who have proved successful in their particular vocations or avocations and who have demonstrated a genuine concern for community improvement.