Avoca School District 37 hosted an open house on April 27 to honor and recognize the service of three Board of Education members who did not run for re-election for a new term. Jeffrey Greengoss, sat on the Board for 16 years and was Board President for the past nine years.
During his term, Mr. Greengoss, played a leadership role in negotiating three separate five-year contracts between the district and educational staff as well as successfully passed a referendum in 2009. Rosanne Ullman was an Avoca Board member from 2005-2017 and served as Board Vice President for four years during that time. Her contributions to negotiations, strategic planning and curriculum development have left a large thumb print on the district that will continue to be intrical in decision making in the future.
William Bazianos was a member of the Board for eight years and has provided an exemplary model for goodwill and decisiveness necessary for the Board of Education to carry out its goals and remain focused on its mission to maximize the unique potential of each child. Avoca is grateful for their service and the impact they have made on the district.
On the same evening, three new Board members, Dan Garbis, Gil Gibori and Jamie Taylor, along with returning Board Vice President, Rick Zelinsky, were seated for a four-year term.
Mr. Zelinsky was elected Board President and plans to lead the Board in making decisions to maintain academic excellence, enhance learning through technology and manage existing resources while maintaining fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers.
Mr. Garbis, of Wilmette, has three children attending Avoca schools and is invested in all aspects of their education from vertical curriculum alignment to the financial outlook for the district. His legal background will aid in the resolution of large decisions the district is facing, including the future of Avoca Center.
Mr. Gibori lives in Winnetka and has four children attending Avoca schools and brings a passionate energy for the district’s educational integrity and is looking forward to moving the district forward to meet the goals of the current strategic plan.
Ms. Taylor, also from Winnetka, has three children in the district and has been an involved volunteer for several years. Ms. Taylor is ready to assist in the pressing curriculum enhancements the district is facing as well as using her financial background to make necessary decisions regarding the budget and district infrastructure.
These new-elects join current Board Members, Louise Dechovitz, Vice President, Joel Raynes and Sheryl Swibel.
Submitted by Avoca School District 37