Roger Wilhoit back on District 50 board

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 10:45 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:02 p.m. CDT

HARVARD – Roger Wilhoit can't seem to escape the District 50 school board.

Less than a year since he decided not to run for re-election, Wilhoit was sworn in and took back his seat Wednesday night. The Harvard man also served on the board in the early 1990s.

Wilhoit said that because of his job and other personal reasons, he'd decided to step away last spring. His situation had settled in time to apply and be chosen to replace Lance Shelton, who resigned from the board last month.

"Basically, it was just to come back to help this team through this next year," Wilhoit said.

Shelton cited expanding business responsibilities and a desire to reserve time for his family when he resigned.

Wilhoit was the only applicant the board received for the position. He will take over the rest of Shelton's term, which is up for re-election in 2015.

"As I told them in the interview process, I'm only committing to filling this term until the election," Wilhoit said. He will decide on whether to run for re-election when the time comes, he added.

Wilhoit, a Harvard resident since 1986, is a father of three. He's married to Kathy Wilhoit, executive director of the Special Education District of McHenry County. He works for the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in Chicago.

He said one of his main interests during the rest of his short term will be finding hispanics to run for spots on the board at the next election. Although hispanics make up 60 percent of the District 50 student population, no hispanic has ever served on the school board, Wilhoit said.

"I would love to leave knowing that we've got some qualified hispanics on the ballot," he said.

He added that he will try to hit the ground running with a school board already finding its groove.

"I'm delighted to come back and help," Wilhoit said. "That's why I'm here, just to help, contribute where I can."

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