MONTICELLO — The school board is accepting letters of interest from potential school board candidates after the resignation of 17-year board member and current board president Jim Coleman.
Coleman recently retired as a professor at the University of Illinois and has accepted a position as the electrical engineering department head at the University of Texas at Dallas. That post officially begins Sept. 1, but he moved out of the district Tuesday.
"I am not worried about the future of the Monticello schools," said Coleman in a press release. "I have never worked with a brighter, more thoughtful, or more dedicated group of professionals than the members of the present school board."
He also praised Superintendent Vic Zimmerman for his leadership and district faculty and staff for their dedication.
Coleman has been school board president since November 2001. His replacement must live south of Piatt County 1800N and east of Market Street 600E — basically the east side of the school district. Those interested in the opening should submit a resume to Zimmerman by Aug. 30, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org  or by regular mail to 2 Sage Drive, Monticello, IL 61856.
Board members will elect a new president at the next regular board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 21. Jim Dahl is the current vice president. A new board member must be named by Sept. 27.