Longtime District 25 board member David Page steps down
Longtime Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board member David Page has stepped down to focus more time on his family and his business, district officials said Tuesday.
Page, a former board president who spent 16 years on the elected panel, wrote in a Sept. 22 resignation letter that it is time for him to shift his focus to a new chapter in life, one in which his daughters are off to college, his financial advising business is growing, and his parents have increasing needs as they age.
"I am proud to call Arlington Heights my home, and we feel lucky to have raised our kids in this exceptional school district," Page wrote. "I leave the school district with a highly competent (board) president and a solid board with policies and procedures that we have put in place over the years to keep the focus on students."
In a statement, board President Brian Cerniglia said Page served the community with integrity and pride.
"His respect and admiration for the district's teachers, staff and administration along with his vision to always do what's best for kids was inspirational," Cerniglia said.
Page served as president pro tem in Cerniglia's absence during the board's Sept. 17 meeting. He didn't attend the board's special meetings on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, but it wasn't until Tuesday that district officials announced Page resigned on Sept. 22.
His resignation sets up a 60-day timeline for board members to appoint a replacement, who would serve until the spring elections in April. Three other board seats -- those currently held by Erin Johannesen, Rich Olejniczak and Anisha Patel -- also will be up for election.
The board last appointed new members in 2017 and 2018, when Chad Conley and Scott Filipek, respectively, were chosen to fill vacancies. Conley, Filipek and Cerniglia ran unopposed during the last board election in 2019.
Interested candidates for Page's seat must fill out an application, available on the district website, and short resume. They are due at the district office by 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.