Barbara Rosinsky

Barbara Rosinsky, who has served on the Lyons Township High School Board of Education since 2014, resigned from her post on Aug. 24, the school announced last week. 

It’s unclear why Rosinsky, who served as the secretary of the school board, resigned. A press release announcing her departure did not give a reason, and Rosinsky did not respond to telephone or text messages from the Landmark.

Rosinsky was first appointed to the school board in 2014 to replace Mark Pera, who resigned when he moved out of the district. Rosinsky then was elected to full four-year terms on the school board in 2015 and again in 2019, when she finished third in a five-candidate field.

In addition to serving as board secretary, Rosinsky served as the chair of the board’s policy and human resources committees.

“Barb has provided distinguished service for more than six years,” said Tom Cushing, the president of the LTHS Board of Education, in a press release issued by LTHS. “She is highly respected by her fellow board members, which led her to be elected to an officer position. It has been a privilege to serve with Barb, and she will be missed. On behalf of the entire board and district, we wish her well.”

LTHS Superintendent Tim Kilrea also praised Rosinsky in the press release.

“Barb is an advocate for all students,” Kilrea said. “She brought a straightforward, commonsense approach to all board matters. As a parent of three LT graduates and volunteer with extensive community service, she brought a wealth of experience and well-rounded perspective.”

The board will now choose a replacement to serve until the next election in April 2021. Whoever is elected will serve out the remaining two years on Rosinsky’s term.

The two candidates who finished behind Rosinsky in 2019, former board member Phil Palmer and Ricardo Martinez, are both considering applying to fill the vacancy.

“I may, but I haven’t made up my mind yet,” Palmer said in response to an inquiry by the Landmark.

Palmer, an LTHS graduate, is the co-owner of the popular Palmer Place restaurant in downtown LaGrange. He ran on a slate with Rosinsky and Alison Kelly last year, finishing 318 votes behind Rosinsky. Palmer served on the LTHS board for eight years from 2011 until 2019.

Martinez, who finished fifth in 2019 after a campaign during which he was often critical of the school board, said he will probably apply to fill the vacancy.

“I think I’ll put in an application,” Martinez said, adding that he thinks the LTHS board needs to become more diverse.

The school board must pick a replacement by Oct. 23. Those interested in being considered may download an application from the LTHS website (lths.net) or pick up an application packet from Clerk of the Board Lisa Dombro, who works in the superintendent’s office located on the LTHS North Campus, 100 S. Cossitt Ave. in LaGrange.

To be eligible to serve on the school board an individual must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the school district for at least one year and be registered to vote.

Applications to fill the vacancy must be received by no later than 3 p.m. on Sept. 24. The school board will hold a special meeting in September during which the board will interview candidates for the vacancy in closed session.