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LaGrange resident Thomas W. Cushing, an attorney, has been named to the Lyons Township High School District 204 Board of Education. The LTHS board voted unanimously earlier this month to choose Cushing from a pool of nine applicants seeking to replace William Purcell Jr., who died Feb. 27 at the age of 48.
Cushing will serve out the remainder of Purcell's term, which ends in April 2013.
But Cushing said he would like to continue serving on the LTHS board, and he is likely to run for election next year.
With one son a freshman at the school, twins set to enroll at LTHS next fall and another child in fifth grade, Cushing said he's looking forward to many years' involvement at the school.
"We're getting into our high school rotation, and I'm certainly interested in considering [election to the board in 2013]," Cushing said. "I'd like to have the opportunity to seek to provide long-term service to the school board."
Cushing is an attorney with the firm Quinn Emanuel. He previously was a corporate attorney for Union Pacific Railroad, where he represented Metra and ran the railroad's Chicago law department.
He has previous school board experience as a member and former president of the St. Francis Xavier School board. He also served on the parish council at St. Francis and is a board member and past president of the Notre Dame Law Association.
Cushing participated in his first school board meeting at LTHS on April 16.
"I'm really enjoying digging in and learning more about LT," he said.
Mark Pera, president of the District 204 school board said in a press release, "We believe [Cushing] will be a terrific board member and that our students and school will benefit greatly from his selection."