Smigielski Resigns From District 46 Board
The board has until April 17 to appoint a replacement, a role that Board Member Karen Weinert has expressed interest in.
The Grayslake District 46 Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to accept the resignation of Board Member Shannon Smigielski, effective March 3.
The board had a lengthy discussion about the issue, which was presented on the agenda as "resignation of board members and appointment of replacement." Board Member Karen Weinert expressed interest in possibly resigning from her seat and being appointed for the remaining two years of Smigielski's term, which expires in April 2015.
Weinert is not seeking reelection next month.
"What makes you interested in it where you could have had an opportunity like all of these other folks that put their name on the ballot to run for office. What changed your mind now?" asked Board Member Michael Carbone.
Weinert said she "had no idea Shannon was going to be resigning. I said it's too bad she wasn't resigning after the election—maybe I could see if I could be appointed."
Citing other board members' concerns, however, Weinert suggested amending the agenda to reflect only Smigielski's resignation and then discussing the appointment issue at the board's next meeting. A vote to amend the agenda ended in a 2-2 vote. The board voted to accept Smigielski's resignation during the "Action Items" portion of the meeting.
The board has until April 17 to appoint a new member, according to a statement received from the board's attorney. Board President Ray Millington read the statement, which, in part, states that the board has no obligation to appoint a candidate who is not elected next month. There are five people seeking four seats.
The statement also explains that the board can appoint a board member whose term is set to expire, but the individual must first resign from his or her current seat, Millington read.
'A Big Loss'
Board members expressed sadness over Smigielski's resignation.
"I found her refreshing," said Board Member Kip Evans, who was elected to the board at the same time as Smigielski. "I'm going to sorely miss her."
"I think it's a big loss," added Carbone.