New leadership for the District 150 school board

By Katherine Tellez

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- There are some big changes on the District 150 school board.

After a year of controversy the school board wrapped up its year today, and it started off the new year off with new leadership roles.

Rick Cloyd announced a week before Tuesday's meeting that he would not be seeking another term as president.

Tuesday, the board elected Debbie Wolfmeyer to fill that role and Linda Butler to fill the role of Vice President.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, incoming board member Sue Wolstenholm gave her oath of office. But minutes later she gave her resignation; fulfilling the promise she's made since winning the seat in the March primary against Laura Pettelle.

"When I started my campaign I had every intention of running, campaigning on the issues that I felt needed addressed and bringing a new voice to this board. Circumstances changed and I was unable to follow through with my plans," Wolstenholm said in her resignation statement.

During the meeting, board members spoke about both the accomplishments and challenges they faced this year --specifically the investigation into the former Charter Oak principal.

The outgoing president said the issue with Charter Oak was not perfect, but the board took the matter very seriously and spent a lot of time before making a decision.

"I think the issues at Charter Oak could have been handled better in terms of how it was done in the day-to-day activities. But it was a very difficult situation and it became a very emotionally charged situation and once that takes place it's hard to go back and fix that in the short run," said former board president Rick Cloyd.

Cloyd said one of the goals for next year is to meet with those who have concerns outside of the formal meetings.

The board has 45 days to fill the seat vacated by Wolstenholm.

Anyone interested in the position needs to submit a resume by noon on July 11.

Change 150 endorsed Dan Adler to fill the seat last month.

The board hopes to appoint a new member at the August 11 meeting.

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