MARKHAM | A Cook County judge performed a swearing-in ceremony Monday for a man chosen to serve on the Thornton Township High School District 205 board by state education officials.
Judge Carl Boyd performed the ceremony in his chambers at the 6th District Cook County Circuit Court in Markham. The South Cook Intermediate Service Center chose Ray C. Banks, executive director of Restoration Ministries Inc. in Harvey, as the new member of the seven-member board, replacing Kenneth Williams.
Williams was forcibly removed from the board by a Cook County judge who found him ineligible because of a 29-year-old felony conviction in Indiana.
School Board member Bernadette Lawrence said officials were eager to put Banks in a position where he could actively serve on the School Board. The service center, which serves as a regional superintendent’s office for south suburban schools, had appointed Banks in time to be on the School Board when it met Wednesday at Thornton High School in Harvey.
But when three board members didn't show up for the meeting, there was no quorum and no business could be conducted, including the swearing-in of Banks.
“He has been a full-fledged member ever since the state appointed him, but this makes it possible for him to participate in all business,” Lawrence said.
But Banks will only serve through April 2015, when a special election will let voters determine who gets to finish the final two years of Williams’ term.