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President of D. 204 in Joliet resigns

The board president for Joliet Township High School District 204 submitted her resignation Sept. 8, according to a letter from superintendent Karla Guseman that JTHS families received Wednesday morning.

Tracy Spesia, the mother of five Joliet West alumni, has also served on JTHS’s strategic planning team, alumni association board and district improvement team, the letter said.

She began serving the Joliet Township High School District 204 Board of Education in May 2011, the letter said. She was elected president in April 2019.

Board of Education Vice President Frank Edmon Jr., a Joliet Central graduate, moved to the role of president. The JTHS board of education will appoint an individual to fill the vacant seat, the letter said.

“While Dr. Spesia will be greatly missed, I warmly welcome Mr. Edmon to the position of board president,” Guseman wrote in her letter.

Edmon has served on the board since June of 2017. His children and grandchildren have attended or are attending Joliet Central and West High School, the letter said.

He has served on the following District 204 committees: Joliet Region Interfaith Education Committee, Strategy 6 Family and Community Group and the discipline committee, the letter said.

The JTHS website said Edmon is founder and pastor of Lively Hope Church.

Edmon’s goal is to ensure the school board makes decisions that are “fair, fiscally responsible and future oriented,” according to the website.

Spesia is the experience coordinator and school partnership liaison for the College of Education at the University of St. Francis.

She is also the board president at the Spanish Community Center, a member of the education committee for the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Teen & Young Adult Advancement Advisory Council for the Greater Joliet Area YMCA.

The Herald-News recognized Spesia as an Everyday Hero in 2019.

In the letter, Spesia said, “I am grateful to the community for entrusting me with this responsibility, to the district employees who support students and families every day, and to the past and present board members with whom I have had the privilege to work with for the last nine years.

“JTHS District 204 is truly a special school district. Just a brief review of the Points of Pride 2019-20 provides a snap shot of the collective impact of the dedication, expertise and deep care that personifies the JTHS family.”

For information, visit jths.org.

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