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Prairie Grove School District 46 board member resigns, citing work demands

Official is third to step down in the past year

PRAIRIE GROVE – A Prairie Grove School District 46 Board member has resigned this week – the third to leave the board in the past year.

Rick Salvo, who was elected to the board in 2013, pointed to recent layoffs at IBM, which has led to “an increasing demand for me to work more hours,” in his letter of resignation sent Wednesday.

He follows John Bowman, also elected in 2013, who resigned in April and found himself with “too many things on [his] plate and too many plates,” and Lori McConville, who resigned in November after disputes with the new board leadership.

Salvo noted in his letter of resignation the past two years for the district were enjoyable but sometimes ugly.

The district saw five administrators resign, including the superintendent, after a one-day teachers’ strike launched an election season that completely changed the makeup of the school board’s leadership.

The school board has started its search for a replacement, who will finish out Salvo’s term through April 2017, by asking those interested to send a one-page resume outlining their career, as well as a written response of no more than 500 words answering what they believe to be the most pressing challenge for the school board; what ideas and strengths they would bring to the board if appointed; what they feel is a particular strength of the district; and if selected, how they would prepare for the position.

The applications can be mailed or emailed to Joan McAvoy, administrative assistant to the superintendent, at jmcavoy@dist46.org or 3223 Route 176, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. The deadline is Aug. 28.

After reviewing the applications, the board may invite the prospective candidates for interviews, which would occur during a closed session after the regular board meeting Sept. 8. Candidates should be able to attend that meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of the district for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment, a registered voter, not a sex offender, not hold another incompatible public office, not have a prohibited interest with the district, not be a school trustee and not hold certain types of state or federal employment.

Questions about these requirements or the process in general can be directed to Superintendent Phil Bender at pbender@dist46.org or 815-444-4335.

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