Kildeer Countryside School District 96 board members regrettably accepted the resignation of longtime board member Don Shannon during Tuesday night's meeting.
Shannon, who played a key role in the district's referendums in 1998, 2001 and 2006, served on the board since May 2001.
"Throughout his years on the board, he consistently assessed options based on the merits of an issue -- not clouded by personal emotion, but with singular focus on the welfare of students, teachers, and the community," said Superintendent Julie Schmidt.
Shannon was regarded for his understanding of the district's finances, and during his tenure the board saved taxpayers about $5.5 million through refinancing of bonds. Shannon also helped the district retain a AAA bond rating while weathering the economic downturn by implementing measures that saved the district $2.3 million, according to a statement from the district.
Shannon began working with District 96 in 1997 when he chaired the facility advisory committee before the construction of Country Meadows and Woodlawn schools.
"Don Shannon has been the mortar in the structure that is District 96 -- ensuring that our financial base is enduring and that board actions have strong connection to the district's mission of equipping children to achieve their maximum potential," said board President Marc Tepper.
Shannon was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education with a "Those Who Excel" award during his time on the board.
The board is accepting applications through April 27 for the board vacancy.
Officials hope to fill the seat at the board's second meeting in May. The unexpired seat will be up for re-election on April 9, 2013.
Applications for the seat are available at the superintendent's office, 1050 Ivy Hall Lane in Buffalo Grove or online.