In addition to three rookie members on the Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 Board of Education, the school board also voted in new leadership earlier this month.
Lynn Waterloo, a 10-year member of the board, was the sole nominee and unanimous choice for District 95 board president, while Christopher Blackburn was elected vice president.
Waterloo nominated newcomer Michelle Maggos as board secretary, another unanimous choice among fellow board members.
Waterloo takes the reins from outgoing longtime president James Landahl, who did not run for re-election.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time on buildings-and-grounds and curriculum issues in the last two years, and I’d like the board to continue on that path,” said Waterloo. “Both issues are intertwined.”
Veteran board member John LaBarbera, who was elected to a two-year term in April, nominated Waterloo for the post of president.
“I think she’ll be an excellent leader,” LaBarbera said. “She’s very soft-spoken, but in her work with finance and curriculum, I’ve always looked to her as a leader on the board.
“Her style is much different from Jim’s, but she has the ability to keep us moving in the right direction, and do it in a very efficient way.”
Waterloo said one important goal is to get the new board members involved immediately on the committee level. The nomination of Maggos as secretary was a signal of the veteran members’ commitment to reach out to those newcomers.
“I want to make sure they are represented on major committees and that veteran board members are available to them to get acclimated as quickly as possible,” Waterloo said.
Though several of the newcomers have education backgrounds, viewing education from the board table is different, said LaBarbera.
“For them the difficulty will be getting into that mindset,” he said. “But it will also be a wonderful opportunity for us to get their insights as well.”