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Zovic Won't Seek Re-election to Shorewood School Board

Incumbent says he wants to focus on his career and family, but is proud of the improvements to local schools during the decade he served on the board.

With landing a new job and wanting to spend more time with his family, Shorewood School Board President Paul Zovic said Thursday it's time to call it quits and filed papers stating he wouldn't seek re-election in the April 3 election.

“I served on the board for 10 years and we did a lot of great things. It’s time,” Zovic said.

Zovic, who has served three of his 10 years as the board's president, said he told his fellow board members and district administrators this week he was proud to have served with them and work together on some significant improvements to the district.

The district has changed for the better in every aspect over the last decade, but he's especially proud of the progress made in the district's curriculum and instruction, he said. 

Zovic added the district has improved its communication with the community and its transparency among other improvements.

“In the 10 years I’ve been on the board, we have collectively made significant improvements to our facilities, technology and learning programs," he said. "We are much more fiscally responsible.”

Meanwhile, no candidates have emerged for the seat as of Thursday, according to the district superintendent’s office.

Interested parties must file by Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. to get on the April 3 ballot. The seat of School Board president is a three-year term, paying an annual salary of $1,300.

Update on other races

Voters also will choose a village president, two village trustees and a municipal judge .

and Trustee Jeff Hanewall told ShorewoodNOW he plans to run again in April.

The trustee post is a three-year term with a $1,000 annual salary and village president seat earns $1,300 yearly.

Municipal Judge Donald Demet has also said he plans to seek re-election. The judge post is a three-year term with a $5,000 annual salary.

If more than two people file for any post, then a primary would be held Feb. 21. So far, no candidates have surfaced to challenge incumbents for the open seats.

David Tatarowicz December 23, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Paul Zovic tackled a hard job as president of the school board. It is not a post in which anyone serving can expect to ever find complete consensus on all issues --- but Paul did bring a refreshing openness to the School Board and dared to think out of the box. Thanks for you work and effort Paul. Guy Johnson and Jeff Hanewall should follow Paul Zovic's lead --- they have spent enough time on the Village Board to accomplish whatever they saw as their goals. The Village Board needs new blood and new ideas. And most importantly, the Board needs some invigoration brought into the process. As evidenced by the Oakland Avenue streetscaping, with the car door killer planters that have yet to be addressed -- the spectacular and questionable spending on businesses that have yet to prove to be beneficial to the financial welfare of the community -- and the inaction on residential housing that is increasingly sinking into obsolescence -- and the snail pace in addressing the sewer backup issues -- Johnson and Hanewall in my opinion have overstayed their effectiveness.
Absolutelyfabulous December 23, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Dave- If things are as bad on the "West" side of the village as I have read from some bloggers then there should be more than enough residents/Westies alone who are fed up and are in a position to shake things up come election time. It's not that big of a Village to cover via pounding the pavement w/ a message or 2. You gotta start somewhere and the earlier the better for who ever may be interested in getting involved in the process. No more complaints about how the East siders of the Village controlled the election process/es.
David Tatarowicz December 23, 2011 at 09:09 PM
@Absolutely ......... Actually there seems to be quite a consortium on the East side that bans together to get Easties elected ... or at least their anointed ones ........ I have run for the Village Board and a group of incumbents on the board, led by Vida Lagenkamp, ran as a group effort --- Vida also published untruths about me --- I guess more like Gablemanisms ......... There was also the fellow (Paul ?) can't remember his last name off hand, but Vida and Rod attacked him for his religion !!! Of course there are more renters on the West side and they are less likely to vote than the Easties ............. Unfortunately, as a Village, we have Village wide representatives, unlike a City system in which you have aldermen --- I know there is a "small city" form of local government, but not sure of all the pariculars as they compare to the Village form, or if there are aldermanic districts in that form
Absolutelyfabulous December 23, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Dave- You guys can keep blaming the Easties and their consortium or make a legitimate attempt at gaining seats on whatever boards you feel need change. Politics is brutal and the people in power aren't going to give it up. Doesn't mean that they can't be ousted, it just means that whoever is interested has to put that much more effort into making that change happen. Start pounding the pavement vs falling back on what may have happened last time around. I guess I would take the 1st round as an eye opening lesson and counter w/ whatever you got KNOWING this time around what may actually happen w/ a whole lot of unknowns to follow. It's called putting up a fight and just be smart about it instead of rolling over and letting them sucker punch you/blindside you every chance they get. You gotta go all in and fight like hell . All or nothing. Pound the pavement w/ a message and SOLUTIONS/ideas. Whoever wants to run/unseat has to have a message and put in their dues w/out playing dirty because it will come back to bite them.
David Tatarowicz December 24, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Absolutely ......... I agree with you that anyone who is running for an office needs to put in hard work --- I have been there and done that. I myself am not in a position to challenge the status quo -- as a small business owner, in the middle of a recession, at this point I don't think I can do justice in the job. Unfortunately, most of the current board members are simply coasting by without putting in the effort the job requires --- this is quite obvious at board meetings when they ask questions that reveal they did not go over the materials on the issues that they are given before each meeting. I do feel I am making a contribution with my blog -- whether everyone agrees with my positions and observations or not. I will continue in this venue for now, and if the time becomes right to run again, I will. As customary I will do a review of all the candidates prior to the election. I just hope there are actually races, and that those who have the time and ability, throw their hats into the ring.
Absolutelyfabulous December 24, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Dave- Any idea what the "amendment" to the developers agreement w/ Mandel which was part of the agenda last week for either CDC or Village Board was all about? They made mention of te agenda items then never followed up w/ what it actually pertained to.
Jill East December 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Zovic is a fine board member but to say that the District is better than it was 10 years ago is quite a stretch. Ask a teacher if she agrees. Class sizes are higher, we have fewer programs, more non-residents with significant challenges are attending attending and things seem quite disorganized at the central office level.
David Tatarowicz December 26, 2011 at 06:26 PM
@Absolute Sorry I haven't had a chance to look into it, although I wondered the same
David Tatarowicz December 26, 2011 at 06:31 PM
@Jill I am not sure if you were commenting on the original comment I made. As I said "Paul did bring a refreshing openness to the School Board and dared to think out of the box." However I did not say that I was happy with the system the way it is and I agree with you there are many problems, the most pressing of which I believe is a relevant curriculum to prepare our kids for their future and the future of our country ---- I don't see any relief on the immediate horizon however, as I don't think the good residents of Shorewood have come to grips that SAT scores are not the end all of an education, and are rather meaningless of most kids futures.

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