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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 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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