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Another vacancy on Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico school board

Police chief resigns from board; superintendent search underway

Bruce Franks
Bruce Franks

PROPHETSTOWN – The Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico School District is looking for a new superintendent, but first it must search for a new board member.

Bruce Franks, the board’s vice president, submitted his resignation at its Nov. 25 meeting.

Franks also is Prophetstown’s police chief, appointed by Mayor Steve Swanson in May 2014.

“He decided that there was a lack of time,” Board President James Melton said. “He’s the chief of police in town and his duties have increased with that.”

Franks is the second board member to resign this school year. Anna Reynolds resigned on Aug. 31 after moving from the district; she was one of three new board members elected in April. Stuart Malone was appointed to replace her the following month.

There were three other applicants to Malone’s seat, and they will be contacted soon to determine whether they are still interested in a seat, Melton said. That person likely would be appointed in time for the district’s next meeting Dec. 16. If any of the applicants is not interested, the board will advertise for the position, and it would be filled before the Jan. 27 meeting.

Franks could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

His successor will be involved in hiring outgoing Superintendent Chad Colmone’s replacement, as well as a configuration of the district’s two elementary schools in Prophetstown and Tampico into attendance centers that would save the district about $251,000 a year.

Colmone’s contract was not renewed on Oct. 28, amid losses in recent years of students, teachers and revenue for the district; and his status had been discussed by the board in recent months, Melton said last month.

Franks was the longest-serving board member – he won his seat in April 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. His term was to expire in 2021.

Secretary Tya Boucher is the only other member to have served during the superintendency of Dave Rogers, who retired in 2015, and involved in Colmone’s hiring process.

The board hired the Illinois Association of School Boards to help with the superintendent search, and will hear from a presentation from it at the December meeting; the application has been posted, but the district won’t consider applications until after that meeting.

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