Gerald Pauling will fill H-F school board seat

Gerald Pauling was selected to fill a vacant seat on the District 233 School Board. He will be sworn in at the Oct. 16 board meeting.
 
  Gerald Pauling
 
Eight persons applied to fill the seat. The board chose four candidates to interview. The vote at the special board meeting Monday, Sept. 24, was 4-2 with members Annette Bannon and Beth Larocca voting against his appointment.
 
Pauling had served seven years on the school board. He was first appointed to fill a vacancy created when Mallory Sutton stepped down. He then ran to fill the remainder of her term, and successfully ran for a full four-year term. He sought re-election in April 2017 but was defeated.
 
“I am honored to have been selected to serve again,” he told the Chronicle. “I’m looking forward to working with the board to create the best opportunities and outcomes possible for our students, our school and our community.”
 
He will be running for election in April 2019, adding: “I would not have submitted my name if I didn’t intend to run for the office.”
 
He has been attending board meetings the past several months “so I’m familiar with several of the initiatives the board is currently working on, like the fine arts expansion, the strategic planning initiative and the school diversity and inclusion initiative. I am very interest in supporting those initiatives and contributing to their success,” he added.
 
During his last year on the board, Pauling chaired the Personnel Committee that helped Homewood-Flossmoor High School find a new principal after Ryan Pitcock was released from his contract in 2016. Pauling headed up a national search, and the board selected Jerry Anderson, a principal in Colorado at the time, who came to H-F in July 2017.
 
Pauling is a partner at the law firm Seyfarth Shaw with a practice focusing on employment litigation and labor and employee relations.
 
He is a 1985 graduate of H-F who has lived in the community for over 40 years. He and his wife, Eugenia, have three children. Their sons are a senior and a sophomore at H-F and their daughter is a 2016 graduate of H-F.

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