There’s more turnover on the Forest Park school board as parent Kim Rostello was sworn in to a vacant position Aug. 14 and Heather Cianciolo announced her exit from the board — and the village — coming up in September.
Rostello, a 20-year resident of Forest Park, is mother of two children at the elementary schools. She joined the board after participating in the Citizen’s Advisory Council, according to Supt. Louis Cavallo.
She said building communication between parents and the board of ed was one of her goals joining the advisory council.
“It was a place I could constructively bring forth issues that were of concern to me and to the parents,” she said in a statement.
Rostello teaches Kinesiology at the College of Lake County. She retired from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. She has a theological degree and is a volunteer at her church and helps distribute communion at the Oak Park Arms senior residences.
She said she considers the schools a foundation of the community.
“It takes a village to raise children,” she wrote. “I do think the community sees that the children in our schools are the future of our community.”
Rostello was appointed to take the place of Michael O’Connor who resigned for “personal reasons” July 1.
Just as Rostello was being sworn in, Heather Cianciolo announced at Thursday’s board meeting that she was stepping down because her family was moving out of Forest Park.
“We are sad to leave our schools, our neighbors, our library, our restaurants and businesses, even our police department,” Cianciolo said in a statement.
“A public high school education is a priority to my family, and Proviso District 209 does not appear up to the challenge,” she wrote.
Cianciolo said she was moving to Oak Park because she got the chance to make a move that might not be available six years from now when her children are high school age.
Cianciolo was appointed to fill the place of John Tricoci, cousin of Mayor Anthony Calderone, who stepped down after serving for two years in Sept. 2013.
Trococi also left Forest Park before his children reached middle school age, leaving a multigenerational Forest Park family. Tricoci cited his family’s inability to pay for private high school as one factor in moving out of Forest Park.
Superintendent Lou Cavallo said interested citizens who would like to apply to take the vacant spot on the board could present a resume at the district offices, 424 Desplaines Ave., by Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Whoever is selected will serve until spring 2015, at which time they will have to run for re-election, Board President Frank Mott said.