Here's the statement the Champaign school district issued following the death of school board member Greg Novak yesterday.
The school board will have an emergency meeting at 5:45 this evening, at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.
"Champaign Unit 4 School District is mourning the loss of a devoted public servant and educator, Mr. Greg Novak. Mr. Novak passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Mr. Novak was a current member of our Board of Education and retired Unit 4 staff member. Mr. Novak was elected to our Board of Education in 2007 and was acting as the Board’s Parliamentarian. He was currently serving his second term until 2015.
Mr. Novak retired from Champaign Unit 4 Schools in 2006. He served as librarian at Edison Middle School from 1975 to 1991 and as librarian at Jefferson Middle School from 1991-2006. He served as president of the Champaign Federation of Teachers from 2011-2006.
Mr. Novak once wrote, “I believe that great schools can help make great communities, and that ALL students have a right to a quality education in such a school system. It is my personal goal based on 31 years of service in the district to see that our students and staff have the resources they need to make Champaign Unit Four into a great school system.” He was known for his deep commitment to Unit 4 and to the children served by our schools.
Our sincere condolences are with his family and friends."