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Richard Rykhus announced at the end of the District 65 School Board’s meeting last night, Dec. 19, that he intends to step down from the Board after the Board’s meeting on Jan. 10. The Board is expected to vote at the Jan. 10 meeting on whether to place a $14.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election. On Dec. 19, the Board’s Finance Committee voted to recommend that the Board approve the referendum. Mr. Rykhus, who chairs the Board’s Finance Committee, said he wanted to stay on the Board through that vote. He voted to recommend approval of the referendum and has been a strong leader on the Board on financial and many other issues.

Mr. Rykhus said he took on a new job this year, which requires a fair amount of travel and it is difficult to keep up with the demands of work and family.

Board President Candance Chow said Mr. Rykhus’s decision has been made thoughtfully and with much consideration, and that time will be set aside at the Jan. 10 meeting for Board members to thank Mr. Rykhus for his service. She said the Board will set a timeline to fill the vacancy at that meeting.