The District 202 Board of Education selected Mirah Anti to fill a board vacancy during a special meeting on June 21.

Board President Pat Savage-Williams announced that the first item on the agenda for the open session of the Board meeting was “the process to select a member to fill the board vacancy.

“As per our announcement at the May meeting, the ETHS Board of Education sought applications to fill the current board vacancy. We followed the process outlined in the Illinois School Code. Applications were submitted during the month of May and interviews were held in closed sessions in June.

“I want to publicly thank all applicants. We interviewed eight and made our selection. As a member of this Board, I can say that there were highly qualified applicants. And therefore, the decision we made was difficult. I am happy to announce that our newest board member is Mirah Anti.

“Mirah is highly qualified, and I as well as my colleagues look forward to serving our community with Mirah, beside her in this capacity. Mirah will be installed tonight and begin her tenure on our board immediately,” said Ms. Savage-Williams.

The single action item on the agenda was the appointment of Ms. Anti and the oath of office, administered by Dr. Pete Bavis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Evanston Township High School.

Ms. Anti is Director of Equity & Inclusion at Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School District 113.

In an interview with the RoundTable, she said, “I’m honored and excited to be a part of the Board. I’m looking forward to it. There’s a lot to learn, and a lot to contribute to, so I’m excited for that.”

The Board opening became available when there were fewer candidates who filed to run for open Board positions than there were Board seats available.

Mirah Anti’s family attended the June 21 District 202 Board meeting and celebrated her new position at a brief informal gathering afterward. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

As for her affiliation with ETHS, Ms. Anti pointed toward her daughter Bijou Carmichael, a rising ETHS junior, and son Sebastien, a rising ETHS freshman “Those two young ones are my connection,” said Ms. Anti. Her husband, Lucas Anti, and extended family also attended the special meeting.

Bijou said she is looking forward to attending ETHS with her brother in the fall. When asked if she is excited about her mom serving on the ETHS Board of Education, Bijou said, “Yes, it’s really cool.”

 

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  1. I’m sure Ms. Anti will do a fine job, but it’s too bad they didn’t select someone who could bring diverse viewpoints to the table. Instead, we have another equity consultant on a school board that is now composed of all women. The board is therefore, ironically, not very diverse.