Friday, May 6, 2016 || By Michael Romain
During a special meeting held tonight at Proviso Math and Science Academy, the District 209 Board of Education voted in board member Teresa McKelvy, (pictured), as school board president. McKelvy, who replaces former president Theresa Kelly, confirmed her selection in a May 6 Facebook post.
The vote came after a majority of the school board changed board policy to limit the term of the board president from two years to one year, angering many residents who thought the move was politically motivated.
Kelly — who was voted in as board president last year following an election that brought in two new members, Claudia Medina and Ned Wagner, to the board — was in the middle of her first term.
This had been Kelly’s second time as board president. She also served as board president in the early 2000s. Kelly is the longest-serving seated member of the school board.
Although none of the four board members who voted to change the board policy in the middle of Kelly’s term provided a technical explanation for doing so, many complained of Kelly’s temperament and suitability for the position.
In her Facebook post announcing her election, McKelvy seemed to allude to those criticisms without directly mentioning Kelly.
“As one of seven board members, I will work with all board members to serve District 209 and I will allow the administration to run the district without any interference from me,” McKelvy wrote.
You can read her statement in full, in addition to a statement by board member Brian Cross (who was elected board secretary), below: VFP