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PHS Board gets ready for another year

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PRINCETON — The Princeton High School Board has reorganized with John Young and Colleen Sailer remaining at the helm as president and vice president, respectively.

Young begins his fourth term on the PHS Board and has been board president for six years. Sailer has been on the board since 2009 and has served as board vice president since 2011.

Young and Sailor were both re-elected to the PHS Board on April 9 for four-year terms. Young received a final count of 1,661 votes and Sailer received 1,528 votes. Young and Sailer ran unopposed for the two open board seats.

After being re-elected Wednesday evening as president, Young commented on why he likes serving on the board.

“What I really like is that we are a financially sound school that has a very good faculty, a very good student body and a well-rounded school system with a good administration,” Young said. “I’m very proud of that, and we’d like to see that continue.”

When asked to describe any challenges he sees ahead for the district, Young didn’t hesitate in his answer.

“The challenges are always going to be financial with the way the finances are in the state of Illinois,” Young said. “But the local school should be aware of that, be anticipatory of problems which could come our way, and be proactive in handling those challenges.”

In her comments, Sailer said she initially became interested in serving on the PHS Board because she wanted to give something back to the school district. She has had three children go through PHS, felt they received a lot, and it was time for her to give something back to the school.

Challenges for PHS are the declining enrollment and finances, Sailer said.

“But I’m very proud of the way we, as a board, are working to meet those challenges,” Sailer said. “We are a very cohesive board; we work well together.”

In other business at Wednesday’s reorganization meeting, the board appointed Margo Obenhaus as recording secretary for the board; Ginger Freeburg as district treasurer; and board member Gary Coates as the board’s representative to the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Committee assignments were approved as follows; Sailer and Young to the Budget and Finance Committee; Coates and Al Taylor to the Buildings and Grounds Committee; Stephanie VanOrdstrand and Young to the Policy Committee.

The board agreed to continue using the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. for its regular meeting time, with meetings to be held in the Learning Resource Center at the high school.

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