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D161 seeks applicants for board of education vacancy as Blackman steps down

The Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education is currently accepting applications from interested residents through July 31 to fill a vacancy following the recent resignation of Dr. Misha Blackman.

District 161 includes Western Avenue, Heather Hill, Serena Hills and Flossmoor Hills elementary schools and Parker Junior High School. 

Misha Blackman

Blackman and her family had been considering relocating after her daughter graduated from high school two years ago. Their house sold much more quickly than they had anticipated. Blackman credited the quality of the school district as a contributing factor to the quick sale.

“Serving the families of School District 161 was one of the most rewarding opportunities I have had,” said Blackman, who has served on the board since 2017. “I wish my former board and district much success as it continues to engage, inspire and empower.”

To be considered for the appointment, interested individuals must submit a one-page letter of interest and a resume by the close of business on Monday, July 31, addressing the following points:

  • Why are you interested in becoming a member of the board of education?
  • What could you offer to District 161?
  • What prior experience or involvement have you had with the school district?

All applications should be sent to the attention of Christina Vlietstra, secretary of the school board, through email at [email protected], U.S. mail, fax or hand delivery. The district office is at 41 East Elmwood Dr., Chicago Heights, IL 60411. The fax number is 708-754-2153.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, be registered voters and residents of Illinois and District 161 for a minimum of one year prior to the appointment. Individuals holding incompatible offices and certain types of state or federal employment are ineligible for board membership. Additionally, child sex offenders, as defined by state law, are not eligible for the position.

Once the board receives all letters of interest, the candidates will be interviewed on Aug. 21. The board expects to finalize the appointment process and announce the new member on Aug. 28. The successful candidate will serve on the board until the next consolidated general election scheduled for April 1, 2025.

For any inquiries or questions related to the application process or requirements, contact Dana Smith, superintendent of schools, at 708-647-7030.

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