A hospital administrator and Maine South graduate has been selected to fill a vacancy on the District 207 school board, Maine Township High School district officials announced this week.
Board members voted unanimously at a special meeting Sunday to select Paula Meyer Besler for the vacancy created by long-time board member Donna Pellar, who resigned earlier this month following a move out of district.
Besler, a Park Ridge resident, currently serves as director of community and health relations at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, school district officials said in a release.
"Paula has worked closely with our schools in her capacity at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, helping us bring programs like cardiac screening to our schools, and working with both student internship programs and providing support for the school-based health center," board President Margaret McGrath said in the release.
Both Besler and her oldest child are Maine South High School graduates.
She has two children currently enrolled at the Park Ridge high school, district officials said, as well as a child enrolled at Park Ridge-Niles School District 64.
School board members chose Besler out of nine candidates to replace Pellar, whose term runs through April of next year.
"Each candidate brought community involvement, a real passion for the quality of our high schools, as well as commitment to serve students well while being good financial stewards for the community," McGrath said in the release.
Besler is expected to be sworn in at the May 5 school board meeting. She could not be reached for immediate comment.