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Sloan steps down from Morris High School board

Resignation letter indicates he will be moving out of district

The Morris Community High School District 101 board at its regular meeting Monday accepted the resignation of 13-month board member Damon Sloan.

"Due to personal reasons, I will no longer reside in the district, thus necessitating my resignation," Sloan stated in his letter, which President Dennis Best read aloud to the board.

"Certainly, when I began this position 13 months ago, I had every intention of completing my term and doing good work for the residents of the district I represent and the students at the school. However, plans somehow have a way of changing, and I need to now follow a different path," he said in his letter.

Sloan also pointed out that many of the goals he shared while running for the board have been accomplished or are in the process. He said the high school has discovered how well its graduates are doing at specific universities compared to other schools, and the school is making decisions based on data for curriculum and budget issues.

"I am proud of the work this board has accomplished in the past year," he said.

The board presented Sloan, who was present in the audience at the board meeting, with a one-year of service plaque. Sloan thanked the board for their understanding.

Superintendent Dr. Pat Halloran said the district will be running an advertisement for the next several days on the open position.

An applicant must be 18 years old, an American citizen, a registered voter and resident of District 101. Statutes require that at least two board members reside in unincorporated territory of the district, and this is already met by the school board.

Letters of interest and resumes are to be sent to President Best at the school, 1000 Union St., Morris. The applications are expected to be reviewed by the board at 6 p.m. May 29. The board will go into executive session, said Halloran. Interviews will be done at a later date.

Sloan was elected in April 2011, with 1,206 votes. He is an alumnus of Morris High and dean of students at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

In the audience Monday was former board candidate Karen Meucci. She ran at the same time as Sloan and board members Judith Roth and Eric Monson, but lost.

"In light of the situation, I am definitely considering applying for the position," said Meucci in a phone call after the meeting.

She is a former elementary teacher and former Nettle Creek School Board president.

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