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Rockford Public School Board looks to fill vacant seat

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UPDATE:
The Rockford School Board announced June Stanford will fill the vacancy in Subdistrict G.

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ROCKFORD (WTVO) – The day after the Rockford School Board passed a $461 million budget, it looks to replace one of its own. Candidates got the chance to make their case in front of the board, and public Wednesday night. The current board members met and questioned all four candidates, with hopes someone would stick out as the best choice to fill the vacant seat.

“Understanding the important role that we play in the lives of children in their educational process,” said Board President Ken Scrivano.

Rockford Public Schools is one of the biggest districts in the state, with 30,000 kids, and 5,000 employees. During a Wednesday meeting the six current school board members hoped to fill a vacancy. President Ken Scrivano says, they’re looking for the right person to join the ranks.

“A variety of experience in their life, maybe some leadership opportunities, places where they maybe served the community in other ways, they have an interest in education,” Scrivano explained.

There are four candidates in the running, Dyanna Walker, Roger Smith, June Standford, and Terri Schierer. Each brings different views and goals. Current RPS employees were in the audience, listening intently to every hopeful new board member.

“To make sure that we are represented in our new board members. I’d like to see what kind of support we have,” said RPS employee, Christi Overton. “I’d like to see what’s going to happen, who’s going to be our best candidate.”

Sub-district G’s seat has sat vacant since the end of May, when Jaime Escobedo resigned after over three years in office. Those on hand Wednesday night hope his replacement will want to stick around.

“Their longevity. How long do they plan on staying here, because we don’t need somebody that’s just going to be here 18 months, two years, and then gone,” Overton said. “We want someone long term.”

Current board members say the position requires a lot of time, and energy, and whoever is chosen needs to be ready to hit the ground running.

“Summer is kind of a busy time for us,” said Scrivano. “Even though the kids are not in school we still have a lot to do.”

The new board member’s name won’t be released until Thursday. Their term will last through April 2021 and then they can run to be re-elected.

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