HINSDALE – In a surprise move Monday, Victor Casini resigned as District 86 school board president and turned in his letter of resignation to Superintendent Nick Wahl.
“I found it impossible to devote adequate time to this position, to do a sufficient job and at the same time stay employed at my other job,” said Casini, who is also a lawyer.
Following the announcement, Vice President Claudia Manley assumed the role as the new district president and nominations were taken for vice president, which included Ed Corcoran and Kay Gallo.
Secretary Michael Kuhn said he was worried Corcoran would have too much to handle being vice president as he is already active with other committees. Kuhn said he would like to see some of the work spread around to other board members.
“I've seen people where they hit rock bottom because they were so stressed out,” Kuhn said. “I think there are other people on this board that can step into that role and take some of the weight off.”
Board member Richard Skoda disagreed and said there would not be added pressure on Corcoran because the position of vice president “has no responsibilities other than chairing a meeting if the president is not there.”
“It's not like he's having extra homework every night,” Skoda said.
Kuhn disagreed and said when he served as vice president he had to watch everything, go through training and ran three meetings.
“By not serving as vice president, Rick, I don't think you can appreciate that,” Kuhn told Skoda.
Corcoran won the nomination for vice president by a final vote of 4-3.
Manley said Casini told her of his decision “a while ago.” She said she is now looking forward to establishing common ground with board members who have different views, while Casini will stay on as a member of the board of education.
“I tried to talk [Casini] out of it and he said no...he couldn't because of his obligations,” she said.