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New School Board members installed

At April 30 meetings of District 215 and District 158 Boards

by Melanie Jongsma

CALUMET CITY and LANSING, Ill. (May 2, 2019) – On Tuesday night, April 30, School Boards for Lansing Elementary School District 158 and Thornton Fractional School District 215 held their regular meetings. This was the first meeting since the April 2 elections, so ceremonies were held to thank members whose terms were up and to install members whose terms were just beginning.

District 215

At the Thornton Fractional Center for Academics and Technology, Board President Richard Dust thanked departing member Sheryl Black for her years of service to the School Board. Black had served eight years on the Board, including service as Co-Chair of the Safety Committee and a member of the Policy Committee.

Sheryl Black (center) says goodbye to the District 215 Board she had served with for the past eight years. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Dust then introduced Morgan Waller, a new Board member, who was elected along with Rita Oberman and Michael Bolz, who were re-elected. The three stood while President Dust administered the oath of office.

Standing, from left: Michael Bolz, Rita Oberman, and Morgan Waller recite the oath of office as administered by District 215 Board President Richard Dust (standing, center). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

District 158

Meanwhile, in Lansing, at the District 158 Administrative Office, School Board President Robert Bonifazi was thanked by his fellow Board members and congratulated on his retirement from the Board.

Outgoing Board President Robert Bonifazi (center) accept a retirement gift from Bob Wood (left), Suzanne Long, and other District 158 Board members. (Photo: Maureen Grady-Perovich)

Following that, new Board members Mary Kelly, Denise Jones-Williams, and Abimael Duran were installed. Duran had been serving through appointment to a vacated position, and on April 2 he was elected to a four-year term.

Standing, from left: Abimael Duran, Denise Jones-Williams, and Mary Kelly take the oath of office and are welcomed to the District 158 School Board. (Photo: Maureen Grady-Perovich)


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.