HARVARD – Lance Shelton has resigned from the Harvard School District 50 Board, citing an expanding business and a desire to focus more time on his family.
The vice president of Northbrook-based Christy Metals was elected in 2011. The school board will now move to fill the vacancy for the remainder of his four-year term.
“To be diligent, you need to give 100 percent of your time, and right now 100 percent of my time needs to go toward my job,” Shelton said.
Shelton was recently promoted to run Chris Plating, a division of Christy Metals.
He stressed that his decision had nothing to do with the workings of the school district. Shelton reflected fondly on his time with the board, and mentioned establishing strategic goals and building on to the high school as successes.
“I’ve been on for [almost] three years, and enjoyed very much working with everybody,” he said.
Shelton, who also raises livestock with his wife and kids at The Shelton Farm, said his responsibilities had made it tough to make time for family. His son, Chance, wrestles at the University of Iowa. He also has a daughter in high school and another son in grade school.
District 50 has until March 1 – 45 days from the resignation – to appoint a new board member, District Spokesman Bill Clow said.
Those who apply should be at least 18, a registered voter and a resident of District 50 for at least a year. Candidates can’t live in Chemung Township, as the school district is at its limit of board members from Chemung, according to a news release from the district.
To apply, send a letter of interest explaining why you think you’d be an asset to the board, including a statement verifying you meet the objective requirements. Letters can be emailed to Sue Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 10. The school board will interview candidates Feb. 19.
For information, contact Johnson by email or call the district at 815-943-4022.