Rockford School Board member Mike Harner submitted his resignation from the board on Monday, although he will stay on the board until a replacement is found.
School Board policy states that once a board member resigns, the board has 45 days to publicize the vacancy, interview applicants in closed session and vote in open session to fill the vacancy. The replacement candidate’s term will run through the next School Board election in April 2017. Harner has represented Subdistrict E since April 2013. He was reelected in April 2015 to serve a four-year term.
Harner cited work obligations as the cause of his resignation. He took a position with the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Dentistry, in June 2015.
“The workload and commitments accompanying my position do not allow me to sufficiently represent students, families and constituents, nor have satisfactory interaction with RPS activities that I feel necessary and expected from RPS Administration and other Board Members,” Harner wrote in a resignation letter.
The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 22. Interviews will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 2, and an appointment will be made at the Feb. 9 School Board meeting. If the board does not find a candidate, Regional Superintendent Lori Fanello has another 30 days to find a replacement.
In his letter, Harner said: “I would like to thank the constituents of Subdistrict E for allowing me the opportunity to serve as their School Board representative. I would also like to thank the other Board Members, District Administration, teachers and REA leadership for all of their service and efforts to improve the learning environments and education of all of the students attending Rockford Public Schools.”
Applicants must also be at least 18 years old, reside in Subdistrict E and be a registered voter. Applicants must also be a resident of the State of Illinois and Rockford Public Schools for one year immediately preceding the date of appointment.