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Holweger resigns from School Board; appointment, special election will fill vacancy

On Thursday, Oct. 8, District 191 School Board member Jen Holweger announced her resignation from the board, effective at the end of the meeting. 

Holweger was elected in 2018 with her term beginning in January 2019. 

“I've had such a wonderful experience getting to work with you and get to know you on a personal level,” Holweger said. “Thank you for everything you have done for me, I appreciate it more than you know.”

Members of the Board and Superintendent Theresa Battle thanked Holweger for her service to the district, noting the exceptional nature of the past two years.

“Facing the kind of challenges many School Boards may not see over a decade or more, I know all of us have appreciated your thoughtful questions and insights, your positive attitude, and your collaborative approach as we navigated those challenges together,” said Board Chair Abigail Alt. “This board has made difficult decisions and we did a better job because you were here.”

As required by state law, the Board will make an appointment to fill the vacancy until a special election can be held. When the special election is held, the person elected will serve the remainder of Holweger’s term, which ends in January 2023. 

The Board expects to finalize the process for accepting applications for the temporary appointment at its Oct. 22 meeting. A special election date will be chosen at a future meeting, though the special election date must be held no later than Nov. 2, 2021. 

Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 - 09:21