New Trier Welcomes New Board Members, Elects New Officers
New Trier Township High School District 203 welcomed three new Board members and thanked three others for their years of service.
Taking their oaths of office Tuesday after winning the April 5 Board elections were: Peter Fischer, Lori Goldstein, and Patrick O’Donoghue. They replaced Jim Koch, Robert Merrick, and Wendy Serrino, whose terms had expired. Koch had served on the Board since 2003 and Merrick and Serrino since 2007.
The Board also elected new officers: President John Myefski and Vice President Carol Ducommun.
Myefski said one of his goals as the new Board President is to work together with community members to maintain New Trier’s educational excellence while making the high school experience less stressful for students. The new Board, he said, will heed the concerns expressed in a Community Survey the District issued following the unsuccessful 2010 facilities referendum for the Winnetka Campus.
“We are very fortunate to have three new Board members, and I look forward to working together with the current Board members to strive to heal any wounds from the past referendum,” Myefski said. “The most recent survey has been a great tool to help us comprehend how we can begin to move forward and better understand what is important to both the taxpayers and families we serve.”
Fischer, a New Trier West alumnus, is a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and Chairman/CEO of Daubert Industries, Inc. and ECP, Inc. From 2005-2009, he served as a member and then President of the Sunset Ridge School District 29 Board of Education. A Northfield resident, Fischer also has served as a member and chairman of the Village of Northfield’s Traffic and Transportation Committee.
Goldstein, an employment attorney and Wilmette resident, has served on several New Trier committees, including the Strategic Plan Evaluation Committee, Ethical Conduct Global Citizenship (ECGC) Parent Committee, and the Long-Range Planning Committee. She is editor of the New Trier Parents’ Association “Parents’ Press,” an Adviser Parent Room Representative, and Senior Project community evaluator. Goldstein also has participated on the Boards of several Wilmette schools’ parent-teacher organizations.
O’Donoghue is an engineering specialist for the City of Waukegan with a background in developing publicly funded construction projects, including Illinois Department of Transportation projects. An active member of civic groups in his Northfield community, O’Donoghue has served as chairman of the nominating committee of the Northfield Village Caucus and a member of the Northfield Zoning Board of Appeals.
“I look forward to working with our new Board members on ways to best serve our students, parents, staff, and the New Trier community. I have no doubt that Peter, Lori, and Patrick will show the same dedication and passion to this work that Jim, Bob, and Wendy did during their years on the Board,” said Superintendent Linda Yonke.
Myefski, the past Vice President of the New Trier Board of Education, is President and Principal of Myefski Architects, Inc., an architectural design firm based in Evanston. He was elected to the Board in 2009 after serving as President and a member of the Glencoe District 35 Board of Education for eight years. Myefski serves on the Leadership Council of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and the Real Estate Advisory Board at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he also served on the Board of Governors for six years.
Ducommun was elected to New Trier’s Board in 2005 and previously served both as President and Vice President. A Wilmette resident and consultant in strategic planning and operations management, Ducommun serves as liaison to the New Trier Parents’ Association and a member of the Facilities Steering Committee and All School Forum. She was co-chair of the Committee for New Trier Excellence in 2003 and served on the board of several Wilmette parent-teacher organizations.
The remaining members of the seven-member Board of Education are: commercial litigation attorney and Wilmette resident Alan R. Dolinko and human resources consultant and Winnetka resident Malcolm “Mac” Harris, both elected in 2009.