Matya steps down as school board president

DeKALB — DeKalb School District 428 board president Tom Matya has stepped down from the board’s leadership position to become the Kishwaukee Health System’s board chairman.

“I didn’t feel I could do justice to both the school board and the health system,” Matya said.

Matya will remain on the school board, with former vice president Tracy Williams moving into the president’s chair. Board members elected Victoria Newport as the new vice president.

At the same time, Matya said he is taking over as chairman of the Kishwaukee Health System board of directors. He also served as chairman of the IHSA Destination DeKalb Host Committee, which helped the state high school football championship games last month at Northern Illinois University, and was elected first vice chairman of the Opportunity House Inc. board of directors this summer.

Matya said he’s worked closely with the rest of the school board for nearly three years, since his election in April 2011. Williams believes the transition should be seamless.

“Tom [Matya] and I have worked together all the initiatives that came before the board and have communicated almost daily,” Williams said. “I think we’re like-minded in a lot of ways, so I don’t anticipate any real change. Tom has a little more polish at running meetings, but other than that, I don’t see any real changes.”

Also in his first term on the board, Williams believes the board is a cohesive, professional group.

“This is a good group; we work well together. I don’t know that it would matter who the president is,” Williams said.

D428 Superintendent Jim Briscoe agrees the transition will be smooth.

“Tom and Tracy have worked side-by-side on almost every issue over the past 2 1/2 years. Both are very familiar with pending issues and the goals of the district,” Briscoe said. “I don’t see any changes moving forward.”

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