HARVARD – On a night two seats were filled by newly elected District 50 School Board members, one more remained open – that left by the resignation of Jessica Bauman.
Bauman, elected in 2011, submitted her resignation to Superintendent Lauri Tobias last week. Bauman cited a lack of time to devote to the board because she’s decided to go back to school, Tobias said.
“Amazing board member. She was part of our negotiation team,” Tobias said. “We will really miss her.”
The board has until June 8 to fill the position. The new board will conduct interviews and vote on a selection.
District 50 spokesman Bill Clow said it generally takes a year or two to get acclimated as a board member, but agreed that Bauman had impressed during last year’s negotiations.
“She was really kind of showing her skills and getting comfortable and finding her voice,” Clow said.
In addition to discussing the vacancy, the board sat new members Richard Crosby and Steve Garrels, who won election in April along with incumbents Rebecca Klein and Richard Stoxen.
Diana Bird lost her bid for re-election, while experienced board member Roger Wilhoit decided not to run.
“I think when a board looks to fill a vacancy, they look for a gap in expertise that maybe the rest of the board doesn’t have,” Tobias said.
She added it wasn’t unheard of to be facing a board vacancy.
“It’s happened in the 30-something years I’ve been on a board, or been part of a board,” she said. “It certainly happens.”