Lake Forest and Lake Bluff School Board Positions Open

Registration is open for those interested in running for the Lake Forest or Lake Bluff school board.

Has the recent news about the LFHS teacher's strike got you itching to get more involved with your own school district? Luckily, now is your chance. The Lake Bluff School Caucus is looking for interested candidates for four-year positions for the Lake Bluff District 65 and the Lake Forest High School District 115. There are four seats available in the Lake Bluff District and one available in Lake Forest. 

If you're interested in running for a position, visit www.lbschoolcaucus.org and complete the information form found there. That form - along with a resume/brief biography - should be sent to secretary@lbschoolcaucus.org. Forms are due on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Interviews will be conducted in November.

The full press release can be found below: 

Lake Bluff, IL September 14, 2012
Do you like a challenge? Are you a team player willing to work to make our community stronger?  When you volunteer to serve as a School Board member you will have a significant impact on decisions relating to education, facilities and property taxes in our community.  If this sounds like something you’re interested in then the Lake Bluff School Caucus wants to hear from you!

The Caucus is currently seeking interested candidates for the Spring 2013 elections for the Lake Bluff District 65 and Lake Forest High School District 115 Boards of Education to serve a four-year term.  Currently there are four seats for the District 65 Board of Education and one open seat for the District 115 Board of Education that will appear on the ballot for the Spring 2013 election.  

The four District 65 seats are currently held by Al Fifhause and Terry Kearney who have both completed two four year terms, and Mary Jane Brady and Eric Waggoner who have both completed a single first 4 year term.  The District 115 seat that is up for election is currently held by Todd Burgener who has completed his first four year term.  If any of these current board members choose to re-run, they will go through the same interview process with the Caucus as any other candidates.

If you would like to be considered for a Board of Education position, please visit www.lbschoolcaucus.org and complete the information form along with four general questions. This form, along with a resume or brief personal biography, should be sent to the Caucus Secretary at secretary@lbschoolcaucus.org.  Completed forms are due by the end of day on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.  Interviews will be conducted in November 2012. You will be contacted by someone from the Caucus after your resume has been reviewed.

The Lake Bluff School Caucus nominates and supports candidates for both the Lake Bluff School District 65 and Lake Forest High School District 115 Boards of Education. Nominating for District 115 is shared between the Lake Bluff School Caucus and the Lake Forest School Caucus. The Caucus is an independent and nonpartisan organization of community volunteers who work as a team to find the best-qualified nominees for election to the school boards of Elementary District 65 and High School District 115.

Stevie Janowski September 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Dan Coad crossed the picket line, great math teacher. Where is that media coverage?
Smooth_Operator September 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
++BREAKING NEWS++ Just spoke with a friend who is a Chicago teacher, She was assigned to walk the picket line at LFHS, Stating "they have it nice here, shuttle vans to take them in town for lunch, big spread upstairs, and coffee" I wonder who is paying for this? I vote for a student strike.
Bob September 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I also saw a New Trier teacher (or so she said at the last Board Meeting) walking the line.
LF/LB Volunteer September 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
@Gary you are correct that anyone can collect the signatures to get themselves on the ballot. The caucus system can be really helpful though. They interview the candidates to learn a great deal about their backgrounds and interests and then share that with the rest of the community. They work diligently to recruit geographically-balanced candidates for school boards so that all members don't come from the same section of town. Balancing east, central, west and Knollwood. But I agree with Gary: If you're interested definitely get involved. The community needs you.
Paula Skaggs September 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Stevie, Thanks for the comment. As of right now, the school isn't releasing the exact numbers of teachers who crossed the picket line (we know it's at least two), nor are we getting their names. As soon as that info is released, you can bet that we'll be talking to those teachers. Best, Paula


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