School Board Candidate Qualifications

Role Description

  1. Four-year term
  2. Responsible for fiscal oversight – steward of tax dollars
  3. Hire superintendent
  4. Support students, teachers, and administrators

School Board Governance Basics from the Illinois Association of School Boards

State of Illinois, District and Illinois School Board Association Requirements

  1. A United States citizen
  2. A Lake Forest, IL resident for at least one year preceding election
  3. At least 18 years of age
  4. A registered voter
  5. Not a school trustee
  6. Not hold an incompatible office or certain types of federal or state employment
  7. Per the State of Illinois School Board Association “A school board member cannot be employed by the district (employment contracts worth more than $1,000) or have any interest directly or indirectly in any contract, work, or business of the school district or in the sale of any article to the school district. Lastly, a school board member cannot be a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code, or convicted of an “infamous crime.”
  8. Not  have a beneficial interest directly or indirectly in any contract, work, or business of the District unless permitted by State or federal law

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Able to commit 3 to 5 hours a week to the work
  2. Knowledge of the shared services of District 67 and 115
  3. Knowledge and awareness of current issues before District 67 or 115
  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  5. Strong collaboration skills and ability to work well within a team
  6. Strong listening skills
  7. Experience facilitating resolution of conflicting viewpoints
  8. Financial management skills
  9. Ability to work well with school district administrative staff
  10. Ability to represent the entire community and not surrender to special interest or partisan groups.  The “entire community” includes citizens who may not have a direct relationship with the public schools.
  11. Ability to interact with Lake Forest citizens with respect and strong listening skills in all circumstances, particularly when facing strongly held citizen views 
  12. Demonstrated emotional intelligence
  13. Demonstrated balanced decision making to incorporate the unique strength of the history of Lake Forest schools with an eye toward the future
  14. Not intending to pursue any particular cause or agenda

Helpful Skills and Experience

  1. Human resources experience
  2. Experience with city, charitable, and/or corporate boards
  3. Labor relations and employment regulation matters
  4. Knowledge of and experience using Robert’s Rules of Order