After 28 years as a
member of the Duneland School Board, Michael Trout decided not to file to
retain his seat.
Trout said the
Board has been a major part of his life, but, “It’s almost a full-time job,”
and he’ll be taking his new free-time to focus more on his personal life.
Trout is certain
the current leadership and whoever is elected to his old seat will rally to
continue the great work at Duneland. “It’s all about teamwork,” he said.
“We’ve accomplished a lot as a school board and an administrative team. It’s
in great hands without me there.”
“When you’ve done
something long enough, you kind of know when its time, and it’s time,” said
Trout. “It’s been a singular honor and privilege to serve the community in
that way,” he added.
Four people have
filed to be on the ballot for the now open At-large seat in November: Robert
Filipek, Alayna Lightfoot Pol, Stephen A. Rohe, and Rhonda Turner Day.
The Duneland School
Board is comprised of five non-partisan members: two At-large and one
serving each Duneland Township, with the Westchester Township member also
representing the portion of Pine Township that lies within the Duneland
School District. All five members are never up for election in the same
John Marshall, who holds an At-large seat, and Kristin Kroeger, who holds
the Jackson Township seat, will be up for election in 2020.
Secretary Ronald Stone, who has long held the Board’s Liberty Township seat,
is being challenged by Brian Nicholas Custy this November, and Board
Vice-president Brandon Kroft, representing the Westchester/Pine seat, is