Lake Forest School District 67 has a new elementary school board member following the appointment of mother Jennifer Mason-Marek.
At their Aug. 23 meeting, members of the District 67 Board of Directors unanimously approved the selection of Mason-Marek to fill the vacancy created when Justin Engelland resigned in June, noting time requirements. additional international travel in a new job.
In a letter to the community, Mason-Marek noted that she is an active member of the District 67 Parent-Teacher Association and an executive board member of the Spirit of 67 Foundation, which is a private organization supporting the school district.
“I am thrilled and honored by the prospect of joining the District 67 School Board,” she wrote. “We moved to Lake Forest eight years ago mainly because of the good reputation of the community and the schools.
“My two boys attended Everett and one will soon be at (Deer Path Middle School),” she continued. “My father was a school principal in Highland Park for many years and instilled in me a deep respect for education and a commitment to community service that remains with me today.”
Through a district spokeswoman, board chair Suzanne Sands said 12 people had applied for the vacancy, with candidates interviewed.
“As a district, we are fortunate to have so many willing and able individuals in our community who generously volunteer their time and talents,” Sands said in the community letter.
Mason-Marek is now expected to serve on the board until next spring when the term expires. Through the district spokeswoman, she said she was not yet sure if she would be a candidate for a full term in next year’s municipal elections.