Aurora man to fill vacancy on Dist. 129 board

Updated 4/8/2014 5:19 PM
  • Ira Lathan of Aurora is the new member of the West Aurora District 129 school board.

    Ira Lathan of Aurora is the new member of the West Aurora District 129 school board.

The West Aurora school board Monday picked Ira Lathan to fill a vacancy on the board. He will serve until April 2015.

He formerly taught mathematics at West Aurora High School, and is an information technologies specialist at PolySystems actuarial firm in Chicago, according to a news release from the district.

Lathan has two children, one of whom has graduated from West Aurora. He has served on school leadership teams, including parent-teacher organizations, the Parent Leadership Academy Network, the Superintendent's Community Advisory Council and the interview and selection committees for superintendent and high school principal.

He has lived in Aurora for 24 years, coached youth baseball and judged the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. He has taught at College of DuPage.

Lathan takes over for Angela Smith, who resigned March 3 due to increased obligations related to her job.

Fifteen people applied for the vacancy. The district has declined to say who else applied nor release their letters of application.

The district serves all or parts of Montgomery, Sugar Grove, Aurora, North Aurora and Batavia.

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