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Education

Downers Grove District 58 board member to step down after June meeting

Beth Taylor is stepping down from the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education following the June meeting.
Beth Taylor is stepping down from the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education following the June meeting.

DOWNERS GROVE – Beth Taylor is stepping down from the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education following the June meeting.

Taylor, a 35-year Downers Grove resident, is moving out of state, she said at the April 9 board meeting.

Taylor was elected to the board in April 2017. She was the top vote-getter in a race in which Jill Samonte, Gregory Harris and Darren Hughes also were elected to the board.

She was a teacher for 30 years, 20 of them in Downers Grove schools, according to a Suburban Life election questionnaire she completed. Her two children attended District 58 and Community High School District 99 schools.

Taylor decided to run for the school board because she believed it was important for a teacher to serve on the board, she said in the questionnaire.

The board will appoint Taylor’s replacement, although a timeline for the appointment process has not been determined.

“We are seeking clarity regarding the timeline for replacing Member Taylor,” District 58 Community Relations Coordinator Megan Hewitt said in an email. “She has not yet officially submitted her resignation, but when she does, it will likely trigger a specific timeline for how and when her replacement will be appointed.”

According to the Illinois Association of School Boards, vacancies caused by resignation are filled by appointment by the remaining board members until the next election.

The next school board election is April 2019.

So far, no one has expressed interest in the appointment, Hewitt said.

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