John Rouleau, a board member in Kildeer Countryside Elementary District 96, resigned on Tuesday, March 18, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Rouleau, first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, said he is stepping down in anticipation of transitions as his sons complete high school and move on to college.
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"John ... was discerning and thoughtful in making decisions that affect students, faculty, and the community," said Board President Marc Tepper.
"His willingness to take on projects and represent District 96 reflected genuine enthusiasm and pride in the work our students and faculty are doing."
Rouleau helped negotiate a longer school day for students, faculty and staff; and supported the development of Professional Learning Communities in District 96. District officials credit him with encouraging myriad initiatives that contribute significantly to students' academic growth, including Team Read, Classrooms of Tomorrow, Standards-Based Reporting, Common Core implementation, and others.
As a member of the Finance Committee, during his tenure District 96 earned a Moody's AAA rating and Standard & Poor's AA+ rating for financial stability. Rouleau also supported the restructuring of district debt to save taxpayers $5.5 million and to establish shared service contracts with Districts 102, 103, 125, and the Buffalo Grove Park District.
"I valued John's professional insight, and his genuine commitment as a financial steward was always apparent," said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Jon Hitcho.
Superintendent Julie Schmidt praised Rouleau's leadership and commitment.
Residents of District 96 who want to apply for the vacancy must submit an application by 4:30 p.m. April 3. Send it to Marc Tepper, c/o Kildeer Countryside District 96, 1050 Ivy Hall Lane, Buffalo Grove, 60089.
Applications are available online or from the superintendent's office.
The board will interview selected candidates, and plans to fill the seat at the April 22 meeting. This seat will be up for re-election April 7, 2015.