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Minooka grade school board member resigns

MINOOKA – Minooka Consolidated Community School District 201 board member Don McKinney submitted Tuesday via email a letter of resignation to Superintendent Al Gegenheimer.

“I got a letter yesterday afternoon stating he is resigning immediately due to personal reasons,” Gegenheimer said Wednesday.

McKinney said Wednesday there is not any one particular reason he is leaving the board.

“Jackie and I came to the conclusion together,” he said speaking about his wife.

He said his job as superintendent of Nettle Creek School District 24 C has a political side to it, as does his seat on the Minooka 201 district board.

“It takes more time that I have to put into both,” McKinney said. “Jackie and I have agreed to both get out of politics.”

He said his family also has been dealing with health issues in his wife’s family and he is needed at home.

“It is with regret that I submit my letter of resignation effective immediately from the Minooka CCSD #201 Board of Education,” his letter read. “While I thoroughly enjoy serving on the board and helping to make Minooka schools, the very schools that I went to, the best that they can be, I am dealing with personal issues at this time that require my time and attention. I don’t believe that at this time I can serve in an effective way.”

Gegenheimer said the district will post the opening to the public through a newsletter. Anyone who is interested in the position can submit a resume to the district office.

“As superintendent I have no role in the replacement of a board member,” he said. “The district will compile the résumés and contact those interested after the board has set an interview date.”

He said the next regular board meeting is Wednesday and members will establish a date for interview at that time.

The board has 45 days to find a replacement or the Regional Superintendent of Schools will become responsible to find a replacement.

“It’s too late to find a replacement by the March board meeting next Wednesday,” Gegenheimer said. “At the April board meeting I will expect them to name the replacement and seat them.”

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