Richard Rykhus, Vice President of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education, has announced his intention to submit his resignation in January. Citing work and family commitments, Mr. Rykhus’ pending resignation will be effective as of January 11, 2017. He currently serves as Vice President of the School Board as well as Chair of the Board Finance Committee. Mr. Rykhus began his board service in 2011 and has served in leadership roles for a number of years.  

“On behalf of the School Board, I would like to thank Richard for his service and continued leadership,” said Candance Chow, Board President. “He is a true champion for public education and has advocated for financial sustainability, special education, and equitable services and experiences for every child in District 65. Having served on the Board since 2011, Richard has offered an important historical perspective and has a keen understanding of governance and public service. He has served as the eyes and ears of the community and has always been committed to transparency and engaging stakeholders on a wide variety of issues.”

Mr. Rykhus’ term is set to expire in April 2019. To fill the pending vacancy, the Board of Education will seek applicants from the District 65 community. Interested residents will need to submit a completed application along with a resume. Applications will be available at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center (1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston) and on the District 65 website at beginning on January 11, 2017.

Applications and resumes must be submitted by January 19, 2017 at 4pm.

Interviews for the position will be scheduled between January 20-22, 2017. The applicant selected will be announced at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on January 23, 2017.

The term of the appointed board member will run until the April 2019 election.  For more information about the process, please visit or contact Adeela Qureshi at (847) 859-8111.