Interested in being a member of the District 95 school board? Then send a letter to school board President Katie Mulcrone. 

The Brookfield-LaGrange Park School District 95 Board of Education has a vacancy, because only three candidates ran for the four seats at stake in the April 6 election. That leaves the school board with only six members. 

The school board will now appoint a new member, probably in June, to serve at least until the next election in 2023 and is seeking applications from interested residents. To serve on the school board you must live in the district, registered to vote and at least 18 years old.

Those interested in being considered for the school board vacancy should send a letter stating their interest to Katie Mulcrone, the president of the school board, at 

Applications must be received by May 7. The school board will likely interview applicants at its May 13 meeting and then pick a replacement at its June meeting.

Last year, Kyle Wood was appointed to board to replace former board President Michelle Maggos, who had resigned from the board. Wood, Barbara Garvey and newcomer Jessica Filbey were the only candidates who ran in the April 6 election. They were sworn in at last week’s board meeting.

Additional 1st grade teacher needed

In other District 95 news, the six-person school board last week unanimously approved hiring an additional first-grade teacher at Brook Park School in LaGrange Park, as the school will add a seventh section of first grade next year to accommodate this year’s unusually larger kindergarten class of 161 students. 

Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski said there is classroom space at Brook Park to handle the additional first-grade class. Kuzniewski said that all other grade levels at Brook Park will continue to have six sections.

“We have the ability to house what I would call, right now, a bubble,” Kuzniewski said.

Next year’s kindergarten enrollment is projected to be around 150 students so expectations are that except for next year’s first-grade class, all other grade levels at Brook Park will continue to have six sections.

In-person graduation planned

Eighth-graders at S.E. Gross Middle School in Brookfield will have an in-person graduation ceremony this year. Gross’s graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverside-Brookfield High School football stadium. Each graduate’s family will be given three tickets.

“We’re excited to do it for the kids,” said S.E. Gross Principal Ryan Evans. “They deserve to be celebrated for all the hard work they have done.”

Eighth-graders who don’t feel comfortable, or whose families don’t feel comfortable, attending the in-person graduation will have an opportunity to come to S.E. Gross School during the afternoon of June 6 to get their diploma in the Gross gymnasium and to have a professional photo taken of the graduate.