The resignation of Fox River Grove School District 3 board member Gerry Blohm, effective March 17, was approved by the board at its meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Tim Mahaffy said Blohm has spent 21 years working either with or on the board, with 18 years of those spent actually on the board.
“They’ll be hard shoes to fill, but we need to fill them,” Mahaffy said during the meeting.
The deadline to apply for what will be a vacant position on the school board is March 18. After that, the board will review applicants, then select some candidates to interview.
The swearing-in of the new board member is set for April 20, Mahaffy said. To be a school board member, those interested need to be a resident of the district, a U.S. citizen and a registered voter, as well as be older than 18 years old.
People can apply online at the Fox River Grove School District’s website, or they also can stop by the district office to pick up a hard copy of the application.
Blohm will continue to be a board member through the meeting on March 17, when he will be recognized.
“We’re all really sorry to see you go, but we know you’re gonna do wonderful things in the next role you’re going to fill,” Board President Kristine Hester said.
Blohm said after the meeting that he decided to resign to take on the role of scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop, part of Fox River Grove Scouts BSA Troop 166, which has both boys and girls in it.
The current scoutmaster has resigned after five years, Blohm said.
“My son is in the troop, I’m an Eagle Scout, scouting has been a big, important part of my life growing up,” Blohm said. “I saw that this is an opportunity to help out this Scout troop, which has grown [and] doubled its size in the last six months.”
The troop meetings are on Monday nights, at the same time of most board meetings, Blohm said.
“I would have to miss one or more meetings on both sides,” Blohm said. “And the scoutmaster plays an important role in the in the managing of the troop. ... They had conflicting schedules, so I had to pick one or the other.”
Blohm said he has been thinking about this decision for “quite some time,” since the issue came up in November.
“The board is in great hands,” Blohm said. “The administration is in superior hands. The district is going really well. This is a good time for me to leave and bring someone new on board to to continue on the programming that the current board and the administration has has set in play over the last couple of years.”
Still, Blohm said, he started out his resignation letter with “mixed emotions.”
“I spent a lot of time on the board, and District 3 has been an important part of my life,” Blohm said. “I’m going to miss being part of the board, but I’m looking forward to helping our Boy Scout troop and, and more importantly directly serving the community, the youth of our community, both boys and girls.”