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Joliet, Plainfield school boards reorganize with new faces

Joliet D-204 board looking for applicants to fill seat

JOLIET – School boards in Joliet and Plainfield have reorganized and selected officers following the April 4 election.

The Joliet Township High School District 204 board also is looking for someone to fill a seat after former member Don Dickinson won his bid to serve on the Joliet City Council. The district is accepting applications until 3 p.m. May 22. 


Board President Jeff Pierson was reappointed in his role for the District 204 board, and David Skorupa was picked to be vice president. Tracy Spesia, the former vice president, who ran in the April 4 election and won, was appointed secretary. 

Newcomers Meg Cappel and Angel Contreras were sworn in to serve on the board. District officials stated in a news release that Cappel will be the representative for the JTHS Foundation and Contreras will be the representative for the JTHS Alumni Association. 

Those interested in applying to become a board member to fill Dickinson’s seat should contact Tanya Rico at or 815-727-6970 to get an application. 


For Plainfield District 202, former vice president Greg Nichols will now serve as president. Kevin Kirberg will be vice president and David Koch will be secretary.

Nichols and Kirberg are serving terms that will expire in 2019. Koch ran in the April 4 election and won along with incumbent Rod Westfall and new board members Michael Robey and Robert Smith. 

Robey is an educator who volunteers at several District 202 schools, and Smith has been a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and principal for the district. 


At Joliet Public Schools District 86, Jeffrey Pritz, Gwendolyn Ulmer and Anthony Contos were reelected for four-year terms as school inspectors. 

Pritz, who has served on the board since 1993, again will be board president. Quinn Adamowski, who was elected to the board in 2015, will be vice president.

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