The minority bloc members of the Lyons School District 103 Board of Education are giving up the fight.
Sharon Anderson, Marge Hubacek and Shannon Johnson have all decided not to run for re-election in next year’s school board elections. Their seats are the only ones up in 2021 so even if they all ran and won, the majority on the school board would stay the same.
Johnson plans on moving out of the district.
“We’re planning on moving closer to my work, so if we don’t live here, I can’t serve,” said Johnson, who teaches second grade in Glencoe and gave birth to her first child seven months ago.
Hubacek, 72, is stepping down after one term on the school board, including two years as board president. She said she is tired of being in the minority on a divided school board.
“It’s difficult to work on a board that doesn’t work together,” said Hubacek, who worked as secretary in the school district for 33 years before retiring in 2015. “The majority rules, no matter what.”
Anderson is stepping down after serving on the school board for 15 years.
“I need a break,” Anderson said.
In 2017, Hubacek and Johnson ran on a slate with Anderson and defeated two incumbents. They, along with then board member Joanne Schaeffer, wrested control of the school board away from a bloc elected in 2015 with the support of Lyons Village President Christopher Getty.
Two years later, a Getty-backed group of candidates won all four seats up in the school board election, defeating Schaeffer in the process, to regain control of the school board.
Hubacek said it has been frustrating to be in the minority and to serve on a board where there is little deliberation and where most decisions seem to be made in advance of school board meetings.
“There have been legitimate things that we could have agreed on and they went ahead and just did whatever they were told to do,” Hubacek said. “It doesn’t make any difference. They still have the majority. In my opinion they’re still run by the government in Lyons. They’re still giving out political jobs.”
The filing period for school board candidates runs from Dec. 14 through Dec. 21. A candidate needs 50 signatures on nominating petitions to run.
“It’s time for somebody else to step up,” Hubacek said.
Anderson, Hubacek and Johnson said they didn’t know if any candidates not connected to Getty would run next year.
“I think that they’re intimidated and it’s going up against the machine and it would be at least two years of what we’ve been putting up with,” Johnson said. “I just hope for the best.”
Anderson and Hubacek did not completely rule out making another run for the school board in 2023 when four seats, the majority, will be up for grabs.
“Two years from now, who knows what will happen because the board majority could be taken back?” Hubacek said.