Thornton D.205 waiting to be told who new board member will be

2013-12-29T00:00:00Z Thornton D.205 waiting to be told who new board member will beGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | Officials with Thornton Township High School District 205 are awaiting word from the regional school superintendent’s office as to who will be picked to fill a vacancy on the School Board.

Glenn Harston, a spokesman for the high school district, said Friday the Chicago Heights-based South Cook Intermediate Service Center has yet to contact the district to inform them who will fill the vacancy created when Kenneth Williams was kicked off the School Board because of his felony conviction 28 years ago in Indiana.

“We haven’t been informed of any action,” Harston said.

Officials with the service center, which serves as a regional superintendent for the south suburbs, previously told The Times they hoped to have a person named before Christmas.

Service center officials were not available Friday for comment. The center, according to a notice posted on its website, is closed for the Christmas holiday until Jan. 6.

That also is the deadline by which the center must make an appointment to the School Board. It would allow a new School Board member to be in place when the district has its next board meeting on Jan. 8.

Officials previously said they were considering just appointing the person who was the next-highest vote-getter — Ray C. Banks of Restoration Ministries in Harvey — from the April elections for the School Board seat. Harston said there probably is no way to get the current School Board to agree on any individual.

“This obviously is a School Board with diverse opinions at this point,” he said. “You probably won’t find a consensus on any person at this point.”

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