The death of Greg Novak leaves a big hole to fill on the Champaign school board.
The Champaign schools lost a longtime friend and dedicated supporter last week with Greg Novak's passing.
Mr. Novak was a retired employee of the school system as well as an important member of the school board. It's hard to think of anyone who was more devoted to the importance of educating young people or spent more time in pursuit of that goal.
Mr. Novak worked in the school district for 31 years as a librarian, and anyone who knew him understood full well the importance of books, particularly history, to him. He was phenomenally well read and able to discuss a variety of historical issues in great detail.
After retiring from the district, Mr. Novak easily won election to the school board, bringing the unique perspective of a former union president to his management role. He was in the midst of his second term when he died March 7 at the age of 61.
The school board now is seeking applicants to fill Mr. Novak's seat on the board. It will have to search long and hard to find someone with Greg Novak's unique background and lifetime commitment to the cause of educating kids.