CALUMET CITY | Board of Education member Joe del Real is resigning his post effective today, citing a job-related transfer.
“I won’t be living in the district anymore, so I can’t be on the board any longer,” said del Real, whose resignation was announced Tuesday at a School Board meeting by board President Richard Dust.
“We thank you for being on this board," Dust said.
Dust said state law requires a replacement board member to be in place within 45 days, although he said he hopes the board can approve a replacement for del Real by the board’s next meeting Sept. 24.
He said a notice will be placed on the school district’s website to inform people of the procedures they must follow if they wish to be considered for the vacancy.
Dust said Tuesday he wants to talk with attorneys prior to posting such procedures because he wants to make sure he’s clear on what needs to be done. He also said he has no one specifically in mind for the seat.
“There were only four of us who ran (for four positions on the school board) earlier this year,” in the municipal elections, Dust said. “I really don’t know how much interest there is out there in serving on the board.”
Del Real was one of four people who ran unopposed back in the April election. His position on the board is for a four-year term that runs through May 1, 2017.
At the time, del Real said he thought he’d have the time to devote to the position.
“I wish I could remain, this was something I wanted to do,” he said.
But del Real, a Calumet City resident for the past decade who once ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the City Council, said his job as an engineer with Nicor Gas is transferring him to central Illinois, and he plans to move in coming weeks to a rural town near Dwight – about 80 miles southwest of Chicago.
“My full-time job is making it necessary to do this,” he said.
In other business, the school board approved the hiring of the Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd., law firm based in Chicago to represent it in any appeals of property taxes for the 2012 tax year that get filed by business entities within District 215’s boundaries.
State law requires notice of the legal representation to be filed with the Illinois Property Tax Advisory Board in cases where the amount being sought in reduced assessed valuation of property exceeds $100,000.
The school board also voted without opposition to accept a $8,354 gift from New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson (also a Thornton Fractional South High School alumnus) to pay for new lettering for the auditorium and main entrance to the Lansing-based high school.