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School News

Plano School District 88 Board of Education seeks applicants

The newest members of the Plano School District 88 Board have not yet been sworn in and officials already have another vacancy to fill.

However, it may be filled by Mike Jernigan, a former board member who lost his bid for re-election to a two-year seat on April 4. There were three four-year seats open and two two-year seats open on the board in last week’s election.

Paul Heller and Shalley Wakeman were both up for re-election, Heller for four years and Wakeman for two years, but neither chose to run again, so their seats were open.

Jim Ward and Estela Martinez, who were both up for re-election to four-year seats, were re-elected, and Dwayne Love, a newcomer, was elected to fill Heller’s vacancy.

Tim Waldrop was elected to fill Wakeman’s two-year vacancy, but Jernigan was defeated for re-election so no one was elected to fill his two-year seat.

According to Kathy Benoit, administrative secretary to the school superintendent, it is likely that Jernigan will be seated for the vacant two-year term. But the board is still accepting letters of interest from community members for the seat, she said.

The position is expected to be filled at the board’s April 24 meeting, Benoit said. The new appointee will serve until April 2019, when the seat will be up for re-election as a four-year position.

Letters of interest are now being accepted by the Board of Education from residents interested in filling the vacancy. They should be mailed or delivered by 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, to the Plano School District Administration Office at 800 S. Hale St., Plano, IL 60545, next to the Plano Middle School.

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age by the time of appointment, a U.S. citizen, an Illinois resident, a registered voter, and a resident of the Plano School District for at least one year prior to being appointed to the board.

Applicants should show a familiarity with board policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of the board and being a board member. This information is available on the district website at

The Illinois Association of School Boards also has published information for prospective school board members, which is available at

For more information, call Benoit at 630-552-8978.

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