Barbara Rosinsky, of LaGrange, was appointed to the Lyons Township High School District 204 Board of Education last week. Rosinsky replaces Mark Pera, who resigned from the board last month, because he is moving to Chicago. 

At the same special meeting on July 9, board member Heather Alderman was unanimously selected to replace Pera as the president of the board.

Pera had served as board president since 2001 and had been on the board since 1993 except for a two year hiatus in the 1990s.

“It’s a privilege and it’s an honor and I appreciate my fellow board members electing me to the position,” said Alderman was first elected to the LTHS school board in 2007. “We’re going to stay focused on the things that are most important to the board, which are what’s best for kids in the district and continuing to be financially responsible.”

Before being elected to the board in 2007, Alderman served for eight years, including five years as president, on the Western Springs Elementary School District 101 school board. 

Rosinsky, who has lived in LaGrange for 19 years, was selected from a field of five applicants, all of whom were interviewed by the school board. Rosinsky’s appointment runs until next April, when there will be an election to determine who will serve the final two years of Pera’s term.

The mother of three children including one at LTHS, Rosinsky served as a room mom for 11 years in LaGrange Elementary School District 102. She also served as a Parent Teacher Council volunteer and served one year apiece on the District 102 Delegate Assembly and the Citizens Council of LaGrange. 

She has also served on the board of the Chicago Area Families for Adoption for five years and volunteered with the LaGrange Little League for nine years.

Rosinsky earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Indiana University and worked as a genetic counselor and the supervisor of the molecular genetics laboratory at the University of Chicago for six years before deciding to stay home to raise her children. 

Before working at the University of Chicago, she had similar positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for eight years.

“We are very fortunate to live in a diverse, vibrant community with wonderful schools and socially conscious residents,” Rosinsky said in a press release issued by LTHS. “As the mother of three children, each with very different needs, I have gained a deep understanding and an appreciation of the challenges and academic issues facing teachers and administrators.”

Alderman, who the president of the Illinois Children’s Health Care Foundation, says Rosinsky was very impressive in her interview with the school board.

“She will bring an added perspective as a mother of children who are in the district, which I think is a good perspective to have and she helps increase the diversity of the board a bit,” Alderman said.

Alderman and Rosinsky are the only two women on the school board. In 2007, before Alderman was elected, the school board had not had a female member for two years.