A longtime Maine Township High School District 207 board member, who had been one of the youngest elected leaders in the suburbs, will step down from his position later this month.
Eric Leys, a 13-year board member, wrote in an email to district officials that he will be moving to Orange County, California to take a job with Penske Automotive Group, working in a leadership capacity. He plans to formally submit his resignation July 29.
Leys, a 1998 graduate of Maine West, was elected in 2001 at the age of 21.
"I believe we, as a team, over these years, have made Maine more responsible -- and responsive," Leys wrote. "Maine has become leaner, and fairer. We have built on the foundation of a first-class education, and continue to deliver that and more to our community. Perhaps, together, we have collectively taken something great ... and made it greater."
The school board will be looking for a replacement to fill out the remaining time on Leys' term, which expires in April 2015. The board will accept applications and conduct interviews with prospective candidates after Leys' resignation takes effect, with a goal of seating the new member by September, according to Dist. 207 spokesman Dave Beery.
Leys also will step down from his position on the board of directors of the Illinois Association of School Boards North Cook Division.