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District 161 Board of Education Vacancy Announcement
District 161 Board of Education Vacancy Announcement
Flossmoor School District 161
Thursday, April 29, 2021

There will soon be a vacancy on the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education due to the upcoming resignation of Michelle Hoereth.  Ms. Hoereth is planning on submitting her resignation by Monday, May 3, 2021. In keeping with the legal requirements that the Board appoint a successor within a 60-day period of the resignation, the Board is proactively seeking applicants who are interested in being appointed to the Board of Education and to serve until the next consolidated general election which will occur on April 4, 2023. The pending appointment is for the remaining balance of the term for Michelle Hoereth. The seat will be up for election in 2023. 

Residents interested in applying to become a member of the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education should submit a one-page letter of interest, along with a resume, to be received by the close of business (3:30 p.m.) on Friday, April 30, 2021. Submissions can be made by email, regular mail, fax, or hand delivery to Misha Blackman, Secretary to the Board of Education.  Each submission will be acknowledged to verify receipt. 

The one-page letter of interest should address the following:

  • Why are you interested in becoming a member of the Board of Education?
  • What could you offer District 161?
  • What prior experience/involvement have you had with the school district?

All applicants need to meet the legal requirements to be a member of a Board of Education.  A Board of Education member must be, on the date of appointment, a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age, a registered voter, and a resident of Illinois and District 161 for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment. Reasons making an individual ineligible for Board membership include holding an incompatible office and certain types of State or federal employment. A child sex offender, as defined in State law is ineligible for Board of Education membership. 

Once letters of interest have been received, it is the Board’s intent to interview candidates the week of May 3, 2021.  The goal of the Board of Education is to appoint a new member on May 10, 2021, but that is subject to change.  Please direct all questions on this matter to Dana Smith, Superintendent of Schools.

Submissions should be made to:

Misha Blackman, Secretary to the Board of Education

Normandy Villa School

41 East Elmwood Drive

Chicago Heights, IL 60411


Fax: (708) 754-2153

Phone: (708) 647-7030