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Algonquin-based Community School District 300 board member resigns

Mary McNicholas
Mary McNicholas

Algonquin-based Community School District 300’s board is taking applications for a new member following the resignation of Mary McNicholas.

McNicholas, who was elected to the school board in 2017, is leaving the board to go to law school, according to the district’s website.

Board President Anne Miller said during a Tuesday board meeting that McNicholas has found herself at a point in her life where she is moving in a different direction than she had anticipated during the term while she was on the board. 

“We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. It’s been a pleasure to have her voice and advocacy,” Miller said. “She will be missed on the board.” 

Now, according to Illinois state law, the board has 60 days to appoint a replacement for McNicholas. If the board fails to do so, then the Regional Office of Education can appoint a replacement.

Whoever is appointed will serve out the remainder of McNicholas’ term, which expires following the April 2021 election.

The appointee can choose to run for reelection or just be a board member for the interim period, Miller said.

Nominating petitions to run for school board currently are available on the Kane County election website. Board members are not employees of the district and do get any monetary benefits or health insurance.

To be eligible for McNicholas’ vacant board seat, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Illinois and a resident of District 300 for at least one year, and a registered voter. Since McNicholas was a resident from Dundee Township, her replacement also will need to be from Dundee Township, Miller said.

The due date for board member applications is 6 p.m. Oct. 23. Interviews will be conducted on Oct. 28 and 29.

Miller said the board hopes to have a new board member appointed by its Nov. 10 meeting.  

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