Board of Education Elections
The Community Consolidated School District 181 Board of Education is comprised of seven members elected by the community to fulfill its powers and duties on behalf of the District. These powers and duties include the authority to adopt, enforce, and monitor all policies for the management and governance of the District's schools i.e., approving the ongoing expenditures and budget, and hiring and evaluating the Superintendent.
Elections are held during the Consolidated Election on the first Tuesday in April of each odd-numbered year. (If that date conflicts with Passover, the election moves to the second Tuesday.) Terms of members are staggered so there are three or four seats contested at each biennial election. Vacancies caused by death or resignation are filled by appointment (by the remaining Board members) until the next election.
Four seats were up for re-election on the D181 Board of Education in the April 2, 2019 election. The four seats were occupied by Board President Jennifer Burns and Board members Marty Turek, Rich Giltner and William Merchantz. Seated on April 24, 2019, were William Merchantz, Sinead Duffy, Sarah Jakobsen, and Sheetal Rao.
Three seats were available in the April 4, 2017 election, with three candidates running: Margaret Kleber, Nathan Lucht, and Meeta Patel. Those three candidates won the election. Newly elected Board of Education members were seated on May 2, 2017.
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