Board of Education Announcements

Community Member Opening: District 73.5 Finance Committee

January 24, 2021

The Skokie School District 73.5 School Board is seeking a Community Member to sit on the newly formed Finance Committee.


  • Current resident of District 73.5 for at least one year
  • Experience with financial planning, accounting, and/or budgeting preferred
  • Ability to commit to meeting monthly as a finance committee (all meetings will be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act)
  • A commitment to the fiscal health of the District and the mission of our District

All applications will be reviewed by the full Board and interviews will be conducted in March 2022. The chosen candidate will be installed at the April 2022 Board meeting.

District 73.5 School Board Finance Committee

Committee Membership:

  • District CSBO
  • 3 School Board Members selected by the Board President
  • 1 Community Member selected by the entire Board after a public call for applications for the position for a two year term

The purpose of the Committee is to review and provide recommendations to the Board regarding the budget and issues that impact the budget including but not limited to:

  • Gathers data and makes recommendations regarding employee salaries and benefits to be competitive in the job market
  • Develops and recommends administrator contract provisions during relevant negotiations only upon referral from the Board, the Board President with notice to the Board, or the Superintendent
  • Provides the Board with guidance on financing initiatives to meet District goals
  • Gathers data and reviews District budget, financial projections, and other relevant financial documents and reports
  • Advises the Board on current and projected fiscal health of the District
  • Assists with creating a financial plan for the District
  • Reviews and recommends cost-saving initiatives
  • Makes recommendations on financial proposals or issues with significant financial impact on the District
  • Reviews recommendations for repairs, maintenance, operations, additions, and/or improvements to District facilities or properties
  • Conducts general surveillance of District facilities to review maintenance efforts
  • Reviews and reports on progress of construction projects
  • Tours the District’s entire buildings and grounds annually
  • Assists District administration in preparing the annual maintenance budget
  • Gathers relevant information and makes recommendations regarding the acquisition and/or sale of buildings and property

The Committee shall consider and comply with the Board’s duty to bargain in good faith with its employees’ exclusive bargaining representatives and the provisions of existing collective bargaining agreements as relevant and necessary.

Meetings: The Committee will meet monthly. Meeting schedules are set at the beginning of each school year and may be modified as needed subject to the compliance with the Open Meetings Act and Board policy.

Meetings will be held at Skokie District 73.5 Offices and will be open to the public except for matters appropriate for closed session, including to address individual personnel or collective bargaining matters and where otherwise permitted by law, as set forth in the Open Meetings Act. Members of the public shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to comment to or ask questions of the Committee.

Agenda: The agenda for a Committee meeting, which shall include the date, time, and location of the meeting, shall be posted 48 hours before the meeting on the School District’s website, at the School District’s administrative offices, 8000 East Prairie Road, Skokie, IL 60076, and shall be subject to the other notice requirements of the Open Meetings Act and Board policy. The CSBO would set the agenda with input from the committee. 

Meeting Minutes/Nature of Product to the Superintendent: Committee meeting minutes will be promptly provided to the Superintendent. Minutes of open meeting sessions will be posted on the District website.

Period of Existence: The Committee shall remain in existence at the discretion of the Board of Education.

Click here to submit an application including cover letter, resume, government ID, and proof of residency.


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