A long-serving member of the Lyons Township High District 204 Board of Education resigned from the school board on Aug. 17. Todd Shapiro, who has served on the school board since 1995, with a two-year hiatus after he lost a bid for re-election in 2007, decided to resign because of the increasing work commitments of his job as the chief executive officer of the Illinois CPA Society, a position he ascended to two years ago.
“It was a very, very hard decision and was not something I took very lightly,” said Shapiro of his decision to resign after serving for 18 years.
When he was re-elected in 2013, Shapiro was the chief financial officer of the Illinois CPA Society. He said that his promotion to chief executive officer brought additional travel and other work duties that limited the time he could devote to school board duties.
“As much as I tried to make it work, after a couple years I said it’s not fair to the school, it’s not fair to the administration nor the faculty or the students,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro is a resident of LaGrange Park. LTHS Superintendent Tim Kilrea said that Shapiro made many contributions to the school board.
“His expertise in finance has helped the district continue to spend and save wisely for nearly two decades,” Kilrea said in a press release.
During his 18 years on the school board Shapiro served the board in many capacities. He was president of the board from 1999 until 2001, and at different times he chaired the finance, curriculum and technology committees and served on the facilities and negotiation committees.
Shapiro’s departure from the board is the latest change to a board that for many years had very little turnover.
Longtime school board president Mark Pera resigned from board last year when he moved to Chicago. Bill Purcell died in 2012, and in 2009 two incumbents Jim Kohlstedt and Al Polich lost bids for re-election. Kohlstedt had served on the board for 20 years.
With Shapiro resigning, just one old-timer remains on the board. John Polacek has served on the board since 1989. The second-most senior board member is George Dougherty, who was elected in 2009.
The board intends to pick a replacement for Shapiro at its Sept. 21 board meeting. Those interested in serving the remaining two years of Shapiro’s term should download an application from the LTHS website (www.lths.net) or pick one up in person at the superintendent’s office in Room 105 at the school’s North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange.
Completed applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Sept. 3. For further information contact Joyce Marine in the superintendent’s office at 708-579-6451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.