Board Member Cabin Kim Resigns; New Board Member Applications Sought

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Butler School District 53 Board of Education member Cabin Kim resigned from the Board, effective May 16, 2018. School board officials are actively seeking to fill the vacancy and invite District 53 residents to consider applying to fill the unexpired term.

The individual appointed to fill the vacancy, which Illinois law requires to fill within 45 days of the effective resignation date, will serve until after the April 2, 2019 election, when the Board installs newly elected board members.

Per Board Policy 1020, applicants are asked to submit an application form, a cover letter and a brief resume via email, U.S. Postal mail, or hand delivered to the District office, 2801 York Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523, by Monday, June 4 at 4 p.m. The Board will invite selected candidates for a confidential interview at a special closed session of the Board in June with a successor to be announced afterwards.

Illinois law requires a school board member to be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, a resident of Illinois and a resident of District 53 for at least one year preceding board membership, and a registered voter. Board members are subject to financial conflict of interest prohibitions as set forth by state law.

Kim, a Certified Public Accountant in practice with his own firm, was elected to a two-year term in April 2017. He is also the father of two children who attend Brook Forest School.

He said he is stepping down because his family will be relocating.  During his year on the Board, the District adopted a comprehensive Strategic Plan, continued its work to repair and upgrade the facilities and was honored as among the top achieving school districts in the state based on test scores and learning environment.

“Mr. Kim brought a wealth of input to the board from both his personal experiences as a parent of two young students as well as his financial expertise,” said Board President Dr. Elizabeth Chun. “His calm demeanor and thoughtful comments were appreciated and he will be missed,” she said.

“As a father, I have seen my children grow from their incredible experiences in Butler School District 53,” said Kim. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve this special community through my service on the Board of Education,” he said.  “As a board member, I sought to serve the interests of all the children of this school district.”

“Mr. Kim brought a valuable perspective to the Board, both as a parent of two children in our school system and as a successful CPA and business owner,” said Superintendent Dr. Heidi Wennstrom.

The Illinois Association of School Boards recommends that a school board member has the ability to work as a member of the team, be willing to take time necessary to become informed about the District’s operations, be able to attend board meetings and workshops, have the desire to serve children and the community and have a strong belief in the value of public education. Interested persons are asked to complete an application form detailing their background and interest.

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