Dist. 303 School Board to interview seven candidates for board vacancy

St. Charles School Board members next week will interview seven candidates for a vacancy on the St. Charles School Board.

The candidates will be interviewed in open session during a special School Board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. Twenty-two people applied for a vacancy on the St. Charles School Board.

Those candidates include Jeff Carpenter, Joseph Donaldson, Joseph Lackner, Jesse Mezera, Jennifer Schuh, Elizabeth Skubisz-Doren and Kelly Taylor. The candidates have diverse backgrounds.

Carpenter is founder and CEO of a professional services firm and has a special needs adult that was the first to mainstream within his school district. Donaldson has been a member of the Dist. 303 Citizen’s Advisory Committee over the past year.

Lackner has more than 25 years experience as a management consultant. Mezera assists corporate clients with relocating their high level employees all around the world and his wife is an orchestra teacher at Davis Richmond School.

Schuh, who has been a stay-at-home mom since 2014, previously served as a clinical/medication safety pharmacist who also has teaching experience. Skubisz-Doren is director of client services for Geraci Law who has two children who will enter the school district later this year. Taylor is serving as a member of the executive board for Dist. 303′s Community Advisory Committee.

Follow the interview sessions, which will last between 20 to 30 minutes, board members will go into closed session to discuss the candidates. The new school board member will be seated at the March 8 meeting.

The vacancy was created after the resignation of board member Michael Bryant, which was announced at the Jan. 11 School Board meeting. Bryant was elected to the board in 2019 and his term ends in 2023.

His resignation letter stated he was resigning for personal reasons and he did not want to comment further. Board members met in closed session during a special board meeting Tuesday to determine which candidates will be interviewed.

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.