Thursday, Jun 20, 2019

District 50 seeks board members

Harvard School District 50 is seeking two board members to fill recent vacancies on its board of education.

Bill Clow, director of community outreach at D-50, said board members Steve Garrels and Genny Miller submitted letters of resignation last month. Both letters gave no reason for the resignations, he said.

“We’d like to get people interested in supporting public education in the Harvard community [to submit letters of interest],” Clow said.

While the official deadline for submitting a letter is Friday, Aug. 8, he said the district would likely consider candidates who submit a letter before the morning of Monday, Aug. 11.

School board members must be age 18 or older and have lived within the district boundaries for at least one year. Because state law allows no more than three board members from the same township, interested candidates may not be residents of Chemung Township. Three of the current five board members reside in Chemung Township.

“[The chosen candidates] will fulfill the remaining terms,” Clow said. “Both are up in the spring, at which point they’d need to run for election if they wanted to continue serving on the board.”

School board members must attend a monthly board meeting as well as committee meetings, Clow said. Occasional special board meetings also may be required, though Clow said those have been infrequent.

“They’ll also be serving as a representative of the district,” Clow said.

The board is currently operating as a five-member board, meaning only three members are needed to represent a quorum. Clow said operating with a smaller board doesn’t have any major impact on operations, but said a larger board usually leads to more discussion and dialogue.

Letters of intent can be emailed to Sue Johnson at or mailed to 401 N. Division St., Harvard, IL 60033. For information about D-50, visit