Richard Skoda elected Hinsdale District 86 Board president

<p>Richard Skoda | Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Richard Skoda | Sun-Times Media file photo

The Hinsdale District 86 School Board put a new person at the helm.

School Board President Claudia Manley stepped down Monday to allow someone else to serve as leader.

Board member Richard Skoda was elected president by a 4-3 vote, with the support of Manley, Edward Corcoran, Victor Casini and himself.

Board members Jennifer Planson, Michael Kuhn and Kay Gallo voted for Gallo, who also was nominated.

Edward Corcoran was re-elected board vice-president by a 5-2 vote, with Gallo and Planson voting present.

Casini was unanimously elected secretary.

Skoda said he wanted the board to find “commonality” on the issues. Topics such as residency checks should not be divisive, he said.

Skoda said the message he heard from the community during the audience communication period at the start of the meeting was, “Would you guys get to work,” and “We don’t care about politics.”

To lighten the burden on the superintendent, Skoda asked the board not to take up his time with numerous questiosn about materials in the board packet prior to Monday’s board meeting.

Superintendent Bruce Law gets too many phone calls on Monday, Skoda said.

“We’ve got a lot of good people on board and I would like to start empowering them,” Skoda said, referring to Law’s administrative team.

To give Law and the administrators more time to prepare for the board meeting, Manely suggested changing the day the board meets to Tuesday or Wednesday, but the majority did not want to change.

“I am suggesting board members when they have a question, send (Bruce Law) an email,” Skoda said, or send him an email.

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