LaGrange-Brookfield District 102 school board member Brian Anderson has resigned his post, effective July 6, after a turbulent few months for the school board.
The action followed in the wake of a pandemic year that saw board members split on whether to return students to classrooms full time last spring and questions surrounding whether board member Ed Campbell improperly profited off district resources to create a private COVID-19 testing company.
But, Anderson told the Landmark he didn’t resign because of issues with Campbell, though he did say he had concerns about Campbell not telling the school board that he had started his own private company until six weeks after he incorporated it on Sept. 14, 2020.
Anderson, who is vice president of global procurement for Duracell and also teaches at Elmhurst University, said he is busy pursuing a doctoral degree.
“I have a lot of things going on in my personal life,” Anderson said. “I’m headed toward a Ph.D. and I want to complete that, and it’s going to require a lot of time. Plus, what I have to do for work as that’s really important as well.”
Anderson, who spent three years as school board president, was also on a losing end of emotional 4-3 vote in March about returning to full-day, in-person instruction. Anderson supported returning students to the classroom. He told the Landmark that he has concerns about the direction the district is heading in.
“The direction of the district and my thoughts were not congruent, and sometimes that happens, and I think that’s OK,” Anderson said.
Anderson, a resident of LaGrange Park, was first elected to District 102 school board in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.
Superintendent Kyle Schumacher praised Anderson for his service in a press release issued by the district.
“Brian has played a vital role over the last six years on the District 102 board and his efforts in working to ensure policy and practices that supported a positive financial future, his strong advocacy for children, and his service as president of the board is well recognized,” Schumacher said.
The remaining six school board members must choose a replacement by Sept. 2. Those wishing to be considered to fill out the remaining two years of Anderson’s term can download an application packet from the district’s website (dist102.k12.il.us) or pick one up at the district’s office from Amy Becker, the superintendent’s secretary.
The district office is located at 333 N. Park Road, LaGrange Park. Applications must be turned in no later than Aug. 9 at 3 p.m.