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District 59 Foundation leader to fill vacant school board seat

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Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board this week appointed Janice Krinsky to a vacant school board position effective immediately.

Krinsky fills the vacancy created when former board member Brian Gilligan chose not to run for re-election in April.

Krinsky, a graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Mass., received a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of science in education from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. She spent much of her career at Fortune 200 companies, including AT&T and Eastman Kodak Company, working in various roles in software and hardware product design and development.

Krinsky has been involved in District 59 since her first child enrolled in 2000. She was a founding member and chairwoman of the District 59 Foundation, an organization that has donated thousands of dollars to the district in the form of teacher innovation grants.

"Janice brings to this position a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is a true proponent of quality public education," District 59 Superintendent Dan Schweers said. "I think we will find that she joins the board of education fully committed to helping us improve all of our kids' life chances."

Krinsky and her husband, Stefan Tucker, have lived in District 59 since 1990. They have two children.