Andrew Lindstrom, who served seven years on the District 233 school board before his employer forced his resignation, will again take a seat on the board.
He was selected from four finalists who interviewed for the vacant school board position during a special meeting of the board on Thursday, July 14. A fifth candidate who was invited to come before the board failed to appear.
Lindstrom will be sworn in at the Aug. 16 board meeting.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Andrew Lindstrom has been selected to fill this role,” said Jodi Bryant, director of human resources and public relations, in the announcement Friday.
“During his previous term on the board, Andy was an advocate for students, staff and the H-F community as a whole. He has also served as the board chairman of the Finance Committee, which contributed to our school’s past and current financial position and strength,” she said.
“We look forward to the many future contributions Andy will make as he completes the term that has been vacated on our board of education.”
Lindstrom, an alumnus of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, calls himself Mr. Red and White. It’s a nickname he acquired because he wears H-F colors in a red and white suit to special H-F occasions, such as the annual graduation ceremony.
“H-F is just a strong part of me,” Lindstrom stressed during an interview with the Chronicle on Friday. “I was born and raised in Homewood. I love my community and serving my community is what I want to do.”
He is the father of six children – all graduates of H-F.
Lindstrom won election to the board in 2007, and won re-election in 2011. He left the board in 2015 at the request of his employer and was replaced by Tim Wenckus.
Lindstrom is especially proud of the work he did as Finance Committee chair in getting the North Building field house and remodeling work funded at an exceptionally low interest rate because of the excellent credit rating the district has.
“We worked so hard to get that Triple-A rating (from Standard & Poor’s) for the taxpayers. That guaranteed the interest rate of 2.7 percent,” he explained. The bonds were sold in 2010. The $26 million sports and recreation center opened in 2014.
Lindstrom knows his appointment to the board is for a short term. However, he said he plans to run for one of the three seats in the April election.