Forest Park, IL...
Four members of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education—including new member Teresa McKelvy—were sworn in at a special board meeting on Monday evening at Proviso Math and Science Academy.
Mrs. McKelvy and incumbents Daniel Adams, Brian Cross, and Kevin McDermott were re-elected to the board on April 9. Mrs. McKelvy said that she was appreciative of her opportunity to serve on the board of education.
"I’m excited about this new role, and I’m looking forward to the challenge," Mrs. McKelvy said.
Mrs. McKelvy replaces former board president and 12-year board member Emanuel "Chris" Welch, who opted to not run for re-election after he was elected as state representative for the 7th District. Mr. Welch said that he was proud of the accomplishments that were made during his time on the board, including opening PMSA in 2005, balancing the budget, and starting a bus transportation program.
"It’s a board that works," he said. "We may not agree on everything, but we do it professionally. We’ve come a long way, but there’s work to be done."
Board officers also were elected Monday. Mr. Adams, who has been serving as board president since Mr. Welch stepped down in January, was re-elected to the post. Mr. Cross was selected unanimously as vice president, and Francine Harrell was unanimously elected as board secretary.
Mr. Adams said that he was always accessible to those who wanted to speak with them about board and district matters.
"Communication is good," he said. "We need to work together."
Mr. Cross stressed a need for board members to be more visible in the community.
"If we’re out there more, people will get a positive image," he said. "We are the seven best ambassadors (for this district)."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she looked forward to working with the new board.
"I welcome Mrs. McKelvy as a fresh voice on our board of education," she said. "We have much to do as a district, and I am confident that we can accomplish much with this board."