School District 27 trustees Pete Penner, Bruce Mack, and Wayne Rodier are stepping down from their school board duties.
Penner, a five-time district trustee, said the positon was taking a “big part” of his retirement life.
“I feel I need to spend some time on some of the things I like to do besides work,” he said of his intention to step down.
In a written statement, Mack, district trustee vice chair, said that while the position has been rewarding, there were elements that were “frustrating.”
“Part of that is inevitable; due to the very difficult position school boards are in, trying to meet the government’s requirements, parents’ expectations and professional goals, all without adequate resources. In many ways, if school boards were dissolved tomorrow, they would not be missed.”
Mack further asserted the board has to do more to foster good morale, engage parents, be accountable and be supportive in assisting school district staff to improve their skills.
Trustee and board chair Wayne Rodier confirmed he was stepping down after three terms.
“I’ve done pretty much everything I wanted to do and it’s time see what retirement is like.”
Trustees William Van Osch, Patricia Baker, Heather McKenzie, and Richard Elliott did not return the Tribune’s calls to press time.
The election of school district trustees will occur Nov. 19. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 14.