District 65 Board of Education looking to fill open position

Stephanie Kelly, Reporter

Following the resignation earlier this month of board member Eileen Budde, the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education is looking to fill the position.

Budde’s written resignation, which became effective June 10, cited personal reasons for her departure. Adeela Qureshi, the recording secretary for the board, said the resignation was not a surprise. There are seven positions on the board, including the one vacated by Budde.

“The people that are contributing are very dedicated,” Qureshi said. “I personally am very impressed by how much time they put into this, how much dedication goes into it.”

Each board member acts as a liaison for specific schools in District 65, which comprises 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, a magnet school, a special education school and two education centers in Evanston and a magnet school in Skokie. Budde was a liaison for Orrington Elementary School, 2636 Orrington Ave., and Washington Elementary School, 914 Ashland Ave.

The process for choosing the new member will start July 9 when applications are due, Qureshi said. The board will choose candidates for interviews and make their final decision in early August.

Instead of starting the usual term of four years, the new board member will finish out Budde’s term, which ends in April 2015, Qureshi said.

Qureshi said she does not know yet how many applications the board will receive.

“I’m not familiar with the interest in the community for this position.” Qureshi said. “Whoever will apply will probably be considering how much time they’re going to be investing. They have to really want to do this.”

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