Update on the board vacancy and district’s voicemail system

Vacancy on the Board of Education

During its meeting this evening, the District 97 Board of Education unanimously selected Amy Felton to fill the vacancy created by Jennifer Reddy’s resignation on September 30, 2011. Felton will immediately begin serving the remainder of Reddy’s term, which is set to expire in April 2013.

“Though there were a number of exemplary candidates who applied for the position, Amy’s experience, leadership in the community and vision for the district set her apart,” said Board President Peter Barber. “We believe she will be a wonderful addition to our team, and look forward to working with her on the important issues that will shape the future of our schools.”

Felton launched her own law practice in Oak Park in 2005, and works part time primarily on real estate matters. She was a member of the board of directors for the Parenthesis Family Center for seven years, including serving as the president for two years and secretary for one year. She was the co-president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School for two years; and played a prominent role on a variety of school committees during the past six years, including serving as the co-chair of the School Enrichment Committee. Amy and her husband, Thad, have lived in Oak Park for more than 13 years and have twin boys who attend Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School.

“I am excited about my appointment to the District 97 Board of Education, and look forward to working with my new colleagues to build on the academic excellence that is the hallmark of our schools,” said Felton.

A total of 14 people applied for the opening on the board. The candidates’ backgrounds included professional experience in art, law, science, world languages, technology, government, social service, and education; and associations with a variety of community and civic organizations. Each candidate submitted a completed Applicant Questionnaire and letter of interest, and participated in an individual, in-person interview with the board during the week of October 17.

Barber expressed his appreciation to everyone who stepped forward and was willing to take on the responsibilities associated with serving on the board. He also applauded the tireless efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who work in the district’s schools on a daily basis.

“We are incredibly fortunate to live in a village where residents value education, believe in the benefits of a strong school system, and dedicate their time and talents to help our children succeed both in and out of the classroom,” said Barber.

Status of the District’s Voicemail System
The replacement equipment for the voicemail system has been ordered and is scheduled for installation tomorrow morning. We will send out another e-mail as soon as the system is back online. We apologize for any inconvenience this outage has caused, and appreciate your patience as we continue our work to restore service.

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