District 200 fills school board vacancy

Longtime Woodstock resident selected for post

WOODSTOCK – The School District 200 Board filled its vacancy Tuesday evening.

The board selected Bill Nattress, a Woodstock resident for more than 20 years, to replace Kathy Welch.

Nattress has experience serving on community boards and has worked with several nonprofits, board President Paul Meyer said Tuesday. Nattress ran for a school board spot during the spring 2013 elections.

Meyer said Nattress' love for the community and experience with it made him a strong choice.

"He's the type of person who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty," Meyer said. "He just likes doing things to help people."

He also pointed to Nattress' experience working with kids.

"He has extensive experience in board leadership with not-for-profit organizations and knows how governance works," Meyer added.

Nattress was unable to attend the school board meeting because of a work obligation.

He has a sophomore son at Woodstock High School and a daughter who previously graduated from the school, Meyer said.

Welch, who served 13 years on the District 200 board, left in March. Welch was recently married, and her move to live with her husband took her outside of District 200 boundaries.

The board received six applicants for the position. They interviewed all six on Monday.

Nattress, a principal consultant for Shen Milsom & Wilke, will be sworn in at the next scheduled board meeting later this month.

Meyer and Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski will take him through orientation next week, Meyer said.

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