The appointee would serve on the board until the April 2019 election, at which time the PORTA Board will have Four 4 year seats and one 2 year unexpired term seat open for election. Burris was re-elected to the board April 2017, leaving a two year unexpired term available for election.
The PORTA Board notes a board member must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old, be a resident of the district for at least one year prior to appointment, be a registered voter, must not be a school treasurer or trustee; and must not be a child sex offender. Those interested should submit a letter of interest to Board President Kevin Bettis either at the administrative office, 17651 Bluejay Road in Petersburg or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3, 2018. Applicants from the majority of the PORTA School District are able to apply, with exception to those who live in the township 18-7 (T18NR7W) which is essentially the City of Petersburg and the Lake area. Currently, the Board is comprised of three individuals, members Reincke, Kuehl and Turek, who reside in T18NR7W and by rule no more than three members of the Board can reside in any one Township district. If you are interested in applying for the open seat, but need more information about the township district you currently reside please feel free to call the District office at 217-632-3803.
Upon receipt of qualified applicants, the Board of Education will hold a special meeting to interview candidates and then will officially appoint the new member at the regular meeting on September 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM.
The PORTA Board of Education typically meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Superintendent’s office at 17651 Bluejay Road, Petersburg IL 62675.