By Jean Lotus
Forest Park Elementary School District 91 board member John Tricoci officially told the school board Thursday he will be moving out of Forest Park, which will leave a vacant seat on the board.
Citing the looming issue of high school, Tricoci, who has elementary school-aged children, said he would be moving to Montgomery, which is near Aurora.
"We always knew one day we would have to make a decision on high school, private or District 209," he told the board in a prepared statement. "It is only fair to our children to move now and make new friends for junior high and high school."
Tricoci said the costs of living in Cook County and county politics played a role in his decision. He has lived in Forest Park his entire life, attending Garfield Elementary School, Forest Park Middle School, Nazareth Academy and St. Joseph High School.
His kids — a stepdaughter and twins — are third-generation Forest Park students.
Tricoci's father was a D91 school board member for 20 years. His late grandmother was the aunt of Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.
"This was not an easy decision to make," he told the board. "My family has been in Forest Park for 100 years."
President Frank Mott thanked Tricoci for his service.
"You brought great ideas to the board and had a great impact," Mott said.
The school board will appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Tricoci's term, which ends April 2015.
"A board committee will conduct interviews for this appointment the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4," said a written statement from Superintendent Lou Cavallo sent to district parents Friday.
Tricoci is one of four school board members with children currently in D91 schools. Michael O'Connor has one child who attends D91 elementary. He also has one in the middle school and one at Trinity High School in River Forest. President Frank Mott has a son in eighth grade at Forest Park Middle School; two daughters graduated from Trinity High School. Sean Blaylock has one child attending FPMS and three children who attend Proviso Math and Science Academy. Rafael Rosa's two children also came through D91 schools and now attend PMSA. Mary Win and Eric Connor have grown children.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the D91 offices or email Cavallo at email@example.com.