April 5, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 12:46 p.m.
Bellwood District 88 gained three new board seats on April 4 when residents elected Dorothy C. Smith, Deborah L. Giles and Maria D. Perez of the Bellwood Dream Team party. Board President Marilyn A. Thurman won her bid for reelection.
The new board composition could affect a district that many residents say had fallen under the spell of Supt. Rosemary Hendricks, who had been fired twice before the board hired her for a third time in 2015.
In January, the board approved a one-year extension of Hendricks’ $180,000 contract. The new members will have a significant say on the status of Hendricks’ long-term employment in the district and the fate of the district’s $35 million budget.
In District 89, school board incumbents Veronica Bonilla-Lopez and Regina Rivers coasted to victory. Sally Alondra Casillas, a challenger, will join them. VFP
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that all four members of the Bellwood Dream Team party won seats on the D88 board and, thus, comprised a new board majority. Board President Marilyn Thurman won her bid for reelection. VFP regrets the error.