Lincolnwood SD 74 Board President Resigns

After being reelected to another term, Lincolnwood School District board president Amy Frankel has officially resigned. Frankel was elected by a 4-3 vote by board members last week.

Lincolnwood School District 74 board president Amy Frankel has officially resigned from her position, according to now board president Darlene Fourkas. 

Frankel's picture and bio is also no longer on the school district's website. She was recently reelected to another term at a school board meeting last week by a vote of 4-3.

Fourkas, who was also reelected to another term during that meeting, will now step in as board president.

Lincolnwood resident Mark Collens said, "This is one of the things we've been looking for - the community has been seeking the resignation of four board members. Now, the board has an opportunity to change the dynamic of the board significantly and gives them an opportunity to rectify the ills of the district."

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JC April 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
One down, three to go!
L Wood Champion April 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM
You forget that these board members aren't paid for their posistion! I think there is nothing wrong with the board., you people just have nothing better to do with your time! shame on everyone this is out of hand!
JC April 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Doing something for free does not allow one to play by their own rules, or embezzle from the District, or break the laws of open meetings. Shame on you, L Wood Champion, for oversimplifying this.
Kids are our compass April 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
When you volunteer you do not get paid! Dinners, Trips , Vacations and Limo Rides are you kidding me! When you donate your money to a cause is this how you would want them to spend your money! Not how how want my tax money spent! L Wood Champion hope you enjoyed the bottle of wine at dinner or at least one of the many trips!
L Wood Champion April 10, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Funny you mention kids because that is exactly what has transpired here - this is gotten personal it is no longer about the kids. If youve been following skokie Patch then you would know that enough changes have already taken place! And no I am not a board member. Just a resident that is furious that the community spent $30000 for $6000 worth of reimbursements because of FOIA requests. Everyone wants to be a private detective now!
Joshua Orlan April 10, 2012 at 01:06 AM
The reward for service is the giving of the service itself. No other reward is earned nor payable.
K.Jewel April 10, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I've got to agree with L Wood Champion...a certain group of Lincolnwood residents are on a witch hunt. It's becoming clear this is about personal issues people have with each other. The supers are gone, the ref didn't pass, what more do you want. I'm ashamed. A wonderful district is in shambles.
JC April 10, 2012 at 02:30 AM
To a point, K.Jewel is right. The Sups (the two who are gone) were not the problem. The BoE was. Like his methods or not, Klaisner was moving the district in a positive direction. And I still don't even understand why Brandt was removed. The BoE should have resigned, the new school should have gotten an honest look-over by several firms, and they should have gotten rid of the other Asst. Sup. My kids are still coming home from school excited and happy and learning, so I don't see it as "in shambles." Until this trickles down and affects the staff, and thereby the students, this "headless" district is still a good place.
Kids are our compass April 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM
As for the FOIA requests those would not have even happened if so much of the board was not spending the money on themselves. The children are the most important thing to this community. The fact that the Dr. Brandt left a HUGE mistake by this board. They should have removed themselves along with Klaisner and the Business manager who has not kept good records. When you work under someone you follow what they say that is your job. The members of this board who took OUR TAX MONEY and spent it as if they earned it are the ones who took away the money from the kids! As for the rest of the staff they are professional and I am sure they do the best they can to do the job they are paid to do. Maybe its the school board who should be be saying they are Sorry to all of them for taking and putting OUR schools in a bad light!
Mstea April 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I disagree that the group of people who are “on a witch hunt” are the only ones who want change and transparency by the BoE. The 91 percent defeat of the referendum and the full seats at the BoE meetings signal that the our most vocal citizens have a large group of supporters . The BoE got the ball rolling when they approved the construction of the Admin. Building and then tried to sneak through building a new Lincoln Hall as an addition. The BoE’s actions prompted FOIA requests as citizens became concerned that taxpayer money was being unnecessarily spent. The improper spending of several board members and the overspending by the administration came out of them, which while not pleasant is something Lincolnwood citizens needed to know. The actions of the BoE have created an environment in which Lincolnwood citizens have lost trust in several Board members’ ability lead District 74. Had they resigned as requested many of the things that have since transpired may not have, and with new Board members in place, we could have been on our way to rebuilding the district.
Deadcatbounce April 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
As L Wood Champion noted, the district spent $30000 for $6000 worth of reimbursements because of FOIA requests. I have to wonder why it is costing the district so much to fulfill these FOIA requests! The district must have big problems if it is costing $30K to satisfy simple FOIA requests. Someone needs to find out why the accounting records are in such a mess. What is wrong with the auditors at this school? It’s their job to notify the board of sloppy recordkeeping. My gosh, the school’s financial audit doesn’t even cost this much. These auditors should be fired too.
LWres April 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Deadcat, The auditors HAVE been replaced. A new firm was voted on at the last board meeting, to hold the contract for three years.
Deadcatbounce April 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Glad to hear the board hired new auditors. Thanks
Jorge Gustavo April 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Yes, but the auditors that were hired by the board are the same ones recently fired by the Wilmette School District after years of reviewing their finances and missing the employee embezzlements. Good luck with these guys in Lincolnwood. Smart move by the board?


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