Last week, the Lyons Township High School Board of Education selected Western Springs resident Molly Murphy Bruton to fill the vacancy on the District 204 school board crated when Todd Shapiro resigned in August. 

Bruton will serve out the remainder of Shapiro’s term, which runs through April 2017. She is likely to run for a full term on the board.

“I was asked that in the interview process, and my response was that my interest in education and providing opportunities for young people is not likely to change in two years,” Bruton said. “My first week on the job has underscored that I also have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn so that’s my focus.” 

Bruton, 56, is the mother three LTHS graduates. All three of her children, two girls and a boy, swam at LTHS.

A native of Winona, Minnesota, Bruton is a graduate of Williams College and the Notre Dame College of Law. Although her time at Notre Dame’s law school overlapped with that of Tom Cushing, the president of the LTHS Board of Education, Bruton said that she did not know Cushing when they were both at Notre Dame.

Cushing said that Bruton will be a good addition to the school board.

“We are looking forward to Molly joining the board,” Cushing said in a press release.  “We believe she will be a great fit and that her vast experience and her passion for education will greatly aid the district and our students.”

Bruton came to Chicago to work for the large corporate law firm Sidley Austin. After a little more than four years there, she worked for a small firm in Oak Brook for about a dozen years. She retired from the practice of law 10 years ago.

Bruton is a long time parishioner and volunteer of St. John of the Cross Parish, a local English language tutor and a volunteer for the BEDS Plus organization. She also has extensive community service experience, having served on the Grand Avenue Community Center Board, the Lyons Swim Club Board and the Western Springs Service Club Board. She is also a longtime official within the Illinois Swimming, Inc. organization. 

Bruton said she hopes to bring her analytical skills to the school board.

“I enjoy the process of gathering information and data, analyzing it, discussing alternative approaches and then making a reasoned judgment on the matter,” Bruton said. “I am eager to be a custodian of excellence, and open-minded listener, as well as a miner of information for ways to improve LTHS in the years ahead. I want the students of LTHS to feel they are in an environment that is caring, safe, and academically top-notch at all levels.

The board received nine applications to fill the vacancy. School board members interviewed all applicants before selecting Bruton.