Lakeview schools to fill vacancy on board

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:39 am on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lakeview Middle School students Kaelee Girskis, left, and Eve Roberts share their award winning presentation on dyslexia to the Lakeview Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday evening. The girls are students in Chris Lindsey’s class. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

LAKEVIEW — Members of the Lakeview Board of Education will be interviewing candidates to replace outgoing member Daryl Johnson, who recently stepped down, citing time constraints.

At Monday evening’s regular board meeting, board president Ed Jonaitis outlined a plan to find and appoint the new member.

“We’d like to get the word out that there is vacancy,” Jonaitis said. “The deadline for applications is (June) 21, then we can interview candidates on June 27, the same night as the budget hearing.”

The board will be responsible for interviewing the candidates and appointing the new member.

Lakeview Superintendent Kyle Hamlin said he already has a list of questions he’s used in the past to interview potential candidates.

“They’re for anyone interested in serving on the board of education,” Hamlin said.

Jonaitis also publicly thanked Johnson for over a decade of service with the board, saying, “I think he just got overwhelmed with things. He has a lot going on right now.”

The board also voted to hire Rockford Construction to handle the many school improvements covered by a bond passed earlier this year by voters.

“We’re happy to have Rockford Construction on board officially,” Jonaitis said. “They did an excellent job in the interviews, as they all did.”

Jonaitis added that Rockford Construction representatives would be on site throughout the duration of the project, which will include additions to Bright Start Elementary School, the demolition of the current elementary school, extensive infrastructure improvements throughout the district and other refurbishing projects.

Tom McGovern, president of Rockford Construction, attended Monday’s meeting and told board members he was grateful his company had been chosen from among 11 bids for the project.

“We’re happy to be here in a position to support the community,” McGovern said. “We’re all in. We’ll be here as a team and will work diligently to the results you’re expecting.”

Board member David England commented on the excellence of the companies that bid on the job.

“The interviews were extremely professional,” England said. “I learned a lot sitting in on the interviews as far as what different companies could bring to the table. It was a tough process.”

Work is expected to begin on the projects later this summer.

In other board business, members voted to approve new contracts for school personnel, teachers and administrators for the coming school year. With few exceptions, salaries and other contract stipulations remained unchanged from the previous year.

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