Two members of committees examining the issue of minority student achievement, an advocate for all-day kindergarten and a resident who opposed construction of an apartment building near a local school are being considered for the vacancy on the River Forest Elementary School District 90 Board of Education, according to information obtained by Wednesday Journal in response to a Freedom of Information inquiry.

Cristin Duffy, Eric Isenberg, Barbara Stoldt and Stacey Williams were interviewed by the school board in closed session on June 27 as part of the process to fill the seat vacated by former board President Pat Meyer. A fifth applicant dropped out before the interview process.

The school board will meet again in closed session in July to name a replacement for Meyer, who left the board in early June with less than a year remaining in his second four-year term. A specific date for that decision has not yet been set.

Last year, Duffy was among a group of Lincoln Elementary School parents who strongly objected to a proposal from Pine Grove Centrum Partners to construct an 80-unit luxury apartment building at Lake Street and Park Avenue. Village trustees eventually chose a different concept for the site.

Duffy has been with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 20 years, six of them in the civil division working on municipal issues and tax cases. 

An education policy researcher, Isenberg became engaged in District 90 when discussions on all-day kindergarten started anew last year. He also has helped develop teacher evaluation systems and served as a consultant for the Illinois Association of School Boards.

An active member of the Willard and Roosevelt PTOs, Stoldt is on the District 90 Equity Committee, a panel charged with making recommendations on how the system can close the achievement gap between white and minority students.

She volunteers with the Infant Welfare Society and PADS and donates her time as a marketing consultant for various area other nonprofits. Stoldt has two children who have been in the River Forest school system.

A former independent marketing consultant, Williams also is on the District 90 Equity Committee and the Inclusiveness Advisory Board, which helps improve the culture and climate of acceptance of all district students.

She helped draft the district’s strategic plan in 2015 and helped screen candidates for the District 90 school board. 

Meyer was chosen school board president after his re-election in 2013. His term will expire in April 2017, at the time of the consolidated election. The school board is now being led by Ralph Martire.

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