Board of Education Members

Board of Education Members

 

President: Donna Smith
Vice President: Susan Kerr
Secretary Pro-Tem: Veronica Noland
Members:

Traci O’Neal Ellis

Melissa Owens

Phil Costello

Jeanette Ward

Student Advisor: Casey Pearce

Contact the Board: School Board

 

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U-46's YouTube channel. Meetings are streamed live and available to watch after each meeting. Click here.

 

 

The Board of Education is responsible for determining the policies which guide the operation of School District U-46. State law holds school boards responsible for policies in these areas: approval of courses of study and textbooks, adoption of an annual budget, construction, furnishing and maintenance of facilities, employment

and evaluation of the superintendent.

 

Elected members serve four-year terms and are not paid for their services. To be eligible to serve, a school board member must meet the following requirements on the date of election: a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, a resident of the State of Illinois, and a resident of School District U-46 for at least one year immediately preceding the election. All seven U-46 Board members have completed the Open Meetings Act Training as required under the Illinois School Code, (5 ILS 120/1.06) and the Professional Development Leadership Training.     

Two U-46 administrators join the Board at the table during meetings: Chief Executive Officer Tony Sanders and Chief Legal Officer Miguel A. Rodriguez, who serves as the Board Secretary.

 

The Board Members are as follows:

 

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Donna Smith, President, a resident of Hanover Park, has been a member of the school board since 2001. She has served as chairperson of the Citizens’ Advisory Council and as an active member in the Partnership for Excellence in Learning, Comprehensive High School Committee, P.A.S.S. Committee and several parent teacher organizations. Mrs. Smith works at DuPage County Public Works as a billing/collection specialist. Mrs. Smith's term expires in 2021.

 

Mrs. Smith completed her Open Meetings Act Training on Feb. 9, 2012 and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 22, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 

Mrs. Donna Smith, President          
355 E. Chicago St.                          
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (630) 289-6539                             
Email: DonnaSmith@u-46.org

 

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Susan Kerr, Vice President, a resident of Bartlett, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. She has been a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council where she has co-chaired a number of committees. Ms. Kerr worked as a computer programmer analyst at the University of Chicago Library. Ms. Kerr’s term expires in 2019.

 

Ms. Kerr completed both her Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on June 5, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 

Ms. Sue Kerr, Vice President
355 E. Chicago St.                          
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032
Email: SusanKerr@u-46.org

skerru46@comcast.net

 

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Veronica Noland, Secretary Pro Tempore, an Elgin resident, is active with the Channing Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, having previously served as Vice-President. She also has been a member of both the U-46 Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute and the Citizens’ Advisory Council. Ms. Noland is serving her first term which expires in 2021.

 

Ms. Noland completed her Open Meetings Act Training on April 8, 2015 and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 22, 2013. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate 

 

Ms. Veronica Noland, Secretary Pro Tempore

355 E. Chicago St.

Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032

E-mail: VeronicaNoland@u-46.org

            info@veronicanoland.org

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Phil Costello, a nine-year resident of Bartlett and life-long resident of Illinois, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015.  Mr. Costello is a CPA with a Masters of Business Administration. He is employed at the Oak Lawn Park District as a Superintendent of Finance and Personnel. Mr. Costello also serves as the Vice Chairman on the Homes for Children Foundation and Audit Committee Chair for ChildServ, two nonprofit organizations that provide child welfare support services in; Cook, Kane and DuPage counties. Mr. Costello’s term expires in 2019.

 

Mr.Costello completed both his Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on June 5, 2015. Click the links below to view his Certificates of Completion.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 

Mr. Phil Costello, Member

355 E. Chicago St.

Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032 

E-mail: PhilCostello@u-46.org

            U46BOE.Costello@gmail.com

  

 

Traci O'Neal Ellis

Traci O'Neal Ellis is a resident of Elgin and is serving her second term on the school board. She is an attorney and employed by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy as the Executive Director of Human Resources. Mrs. O'Neal Ellis' term expires in 2019.

 

 

Mrs. O'Neal Ellis completed her Open Meetings Act Training on Jan.4, 2015 and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 4, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate 

 

Mrs. Traci O'Neal Ellis, Member

355 E. Chicago St.

Elgin, IL 60120

Phone:  (847) 888-5000 x 5032

E-mail: TraciONealEllis@u-46.org

   

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Melissa Owens, a resident of Bartlett, was elected to the Board of Education in 2017. Ms. Owens served on the Citizens' Advisory Council for seven years, chairing the Special Education Committee and the General Council. She also served on the Operating Board of the Elgin Alignment Collaborative for Education for one year. Ms. Owens is the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Her term expires in 2021.

 


Ms.Owens completed both her Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on July 7, 2017. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

 

 

 Open Meetings Act Certificate

 Performance Evaluation Reform

 

 

Ms. Melissa Owens, Member

355 E. Chicago St.                  

Elgin, IL 60120

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032

Email: U46mail@melissaowens.org

melissaowens@u-46.org

   
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Jeanette Ward, a West Chicago resident, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015.  A parent volunteer in the district, Mrs. Ward is also the Regulatory Affairs Manager at an international chemical company. Mrs. Ward's term expires in 2019.

 

Mrs. Ward completed her Open Meetings Act Training on June 13, 2015 and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on April 4, 2016. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate 

 

Mrs. Jeanette Ward, Member

355 E. Chicago St.

Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (630)294-5927

E-mail: JeanetteWard@u-46.org

 Jeanettewardu46board@yahoo.com

 Jeanette@ward4schoolboard.com 

 
Casey Pearce - Board Student Advisor

Casey Pearce is a senior at Bartlett High School and is enrolled in the Science, Engineering and High Technology Academy. She serves on the CEO Student Advisory Council and is a member of the National Honor Society and track team. Casey also performs with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra and Bartlett Orchestra. Through various community volunteer work, Casey demonstrates a high level of maturity and responsibility to serve as the Board of Education Student Advisor. Casey’s term expires in 2018.

 

Ms. Casey Pearce

355 E. Chicago St.

Elgin, IL 60120

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032

Email: Board@u-46.org