Board of Education

The mission of Summit Hill District 161, in collaboration with the family and the community, is to provide our students with the highest quality educational opportunities in a safe, supportive, and stimulating learning environment which will empower them to become productive global citizens and successful lifelong learners.

What is the Board of Education?

In Illinois, public education is the state's constitutional responsibility. The state delegates to local school boards the authority to govern school districts within the parameters set by state law. Boards are made up of seven school district residents elected at-large to serve terms of four years without pay. So, although the Board is politically responsible to District voters, it is legally responsible to the state.

Board of Education Duties

  • Deciding what shall be taught in the schools;
  • Hiring necessary personnel based on the Superintendent's recommendation;
  • Providing and maintaining school buildings;
  • Setting all contracts and paying bills; and
  • Arranging for revenue necessary to operate the District.
  • The Role of the Board

  • Adopt goals and policies that meet state requirements and reflect community needs;
  • Provide the resources necessary to pursue its goals according to its policies; and
  • Monitor District performance to see that results are consistent with goals and policies.
  • Board Members

    Rich Marron

    Board President | Elected 2013
    • Three Rivers Governing Board Representative - Alternate
    • Policy Committee Member
    • IASB Representative - Alternate
    • Goal 1 Liaison
    • Special Education District 843 Representative - Alternate

    Completed "Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training" June 14, 2013

    Completed the "Open Meetings Act for School Board Members" June 14, 2013

    This satisfies the Open Meetings Act requirement

    Stacey L. Borgens

    Board Vice President | Elected 2011
    • Parent Teacher Advisory Committee Representative - Alternate
    • IASB Governing Board Representative
    • Three Rivers Governing Board Representative - Alternate
    • Policy Committee Member - Alternate
    • Goal 2 Liaison

    Completed "Basics of Law on Board Meetings and Practices" June 17, 2011.

    This workshop satisfies the Open Meetings Act requirement

    David Faber

    Board Secretary | Elected 2013
    • Frankfort Township Planning Commission Representative - Alternate
    • SHEF Liaison - Alternate
    • Goal 4 Liaison

    Completed "Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training" June 14, 2013

    Completed the "Open Meetings Act for School Board Members" June 14, 2013

    This satisfies the Open Meetings Act requirement

    Pam Kohlbacher

    Board Member | Elected 2013
    • Policy Committee Member
    • PERA Liason - Alternate
    • Goal 2 alternate
    • Goal 3 Liaison

    Completed "Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training" June 14, 2013

    Completed the "Open Meetings Act for School Board Members" June 14, 2013

    This satisfies the Open Meetings Act requirement

    Richard Ward

    Board Member | Elected 2013
    • Policy Committee Member
    • Frankfort Township Planning Commission Representative
    • PERA Liason
    • Goal 4 Alternate

    Completed "Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training" June 14, 2013

    Completed the "Open Meetings Act for School Board Members" June 14, 2013

    This satisfies the Open Meetings Act requirement

    Patricia Martin

    Board Member | Elected 2015
    • SHEF Liaison
    • Goal 3 Alternate

    Completed "Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training" May 13, 2015

    Completed the "Open Meetings Act for School Board Members" May 12, 2015

    This satisfies the Open Meetings Act requirement

    George Leonard

    Board Member | Elected 2015
    • Parent Teacher Advisory Committee Representative
    • Goal 1 Alternate

    Meeting Information

    2015-16 School Year

    Board Meetings are held at the District 161 Administrative Center, 20100 South Spruce Drive, Frankfort, IL unless otherwise posted. All meetings are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. Agendas are posted on the website 48 hours prior to the meeting. Following each meeting, minutes and meeting audio as well as general highlights (Board Briefs) will be posted.

    July 5, 2016
    (Special Meeting)
    July 13, 2016
    July 27, 2016
    (Special Meeting)
    August 10, 2016
    (Policy Committee Meeting)
    August 10, 2016
    August 17, 2016
    (Special Meeting)
    August 24, 2016
    September 14, 2016
    September 28, 2016
    October 12, 2016
    October 26, 2016
    November 9, 2016
    December 14, 2016
    January 11, 2017
    January 25, 2017
    February 8, 2017
    February 22, 2017
    March 22, 2017
    April 12, 2017
    April 26, 2017
    May 10, 2017
    May 24, 2017
    June 14, 2017

    Meeting Archives

    Document Portal

    Board Policy Manual

    This document outlines legal definitions, operating policies, school board procedures and responsibilities, and other legal information. This manual may be changed at any time at the sole discretion of the Board and/or the Superintendent, whichever has appropriate jurisdiction, subject only to mandatory collective bargaining requirements.

    Mandated Pest Management

    Structural and landscape pests can pose significant hazards to people, property and the environment. Pesticides can also pose hazards to people, property, and the environment. It is therefore the policy of Summit Hill School District 161 to incorporate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures for control of pests and to give notification of any pesticide application deemed necessary.