RPS 205 announces school board vacancy

Staff Report

The Rockford Public Schools District 205 School Board has announced that that member Mike Harner submitted his resignation from the board on Monday. Harner will stay on the board until a replacement is found.

Policy states that the School Board has 45 days to publicize the vacancy, interview applicants in closed session and vote in open session to fill the vacancy once a board member resigns. The term for the replacement candidate will run through the next School Board election in April, 2017. Harner has represented Subdistrict E since April, 2013. He was reelected in April, 2015 to serve a four-year term.

Harner said work obligations are what has caused the resignation. Harner took a position with the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Dentistry, this past June.

“The workload and commitments accompanying my position do not allow me to sufficiently represent students, families and constituents, nor have satisfactory interaction with RPS activities that I feel necessary and expected from RPS Administration and other Board Members,” Harner wrote in a resignation letter.

In his letter, Harner said: “I would like to thank the constituents of Subdistrict E for allowing me the opportunity to serve as their School Board representative. I would also like to thank the other Board Members, District Administration, teachers and REA leadership for all of their service and efforts to improve the learning environments and education of all of the students attending Rockford Public Schools.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 22. Interviews will be conducted Tuesday, February 2 and an appointment will be made at the February 9 School Board meeting. If the board does not find a candidate, Regional Superintendent Lori Fanello has another 30 days to find a replacement.

Community members living in Subdistrict E can obtain an application to serve on the board at rps205.com. Those interested may also contact Laura Fromm, Recording Secretary to the Board of Education at 815-489-7318 or fromml@rps205.com. Applicants must also be at least 18 years old, reside in Subdistrict E and be a registered voter. Applicants must also be a resident of the State of Illinois and Rockford Public Schools for one year immediately preceding the date of appointment.

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