Champaign school board member Sue Grey resigns

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign resident Sue Grey has resigned from the Champaign school board.

Grey submitted her resignation to the board at a special meeting Monday, and board President Stig Lanesskog announced it.

The former school board president, Grey was named president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Champaign county in November. Soon after, she stepped down as the school board's leader, and now will be off the school board entirely.

She was not at the board's meeting Monday, but Lanesskog said she stepped down because of her new work responsibilities.

"We're thrilled for Sue," he said. "That's a great thing for our community, that's she's in that role."

Former school board member Tom Lockman stepped down last week, citing personal and professional reasons.

The school board is required by its own policy to replace both former board members within 45 days of their resignations.

Lanesskog said the board will begin Tuesday accepting a short application and a resume from those who wish to be appointed to their seats. The deadline for those applications will be Jan. 8, and the school board is hoping to appoint its new members at its Jan. 14 meeting.

The second half of Grey's term, which has more than two years remaining, will go up for election in April.

Lockman's seat will be up for election April, as will be the seats now filled by Lanesskog and member Dave Tomlinson.

Also up for election is a two-year term created by the death of board member Greg Novak last spring. The board appointed Ileana Saveley last April to fill Mr. Novak's seat until the April 2013 election. Saveley will run for the board, and Lanesskog will seek one of the open two-year terms.

Tomlinson will not run for re-election.

Petitions are still available for residents interested in running for any of the three four-year and two two-year terms available.

Monday was the first day of the filing period. The deadline to turn in petitions is 5 p.m. Dec. 26.

Completed petitions must be turned in to the Champaign school district's Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

Potential candidates can still pick up petitions during the filing period, and they must collect the signatures of 50 people who are registered to vote in the school district.

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