CHICAGO (SCS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot nominated the elder Ald on Friday. Michael Scott Jr. to the Chicago Board of Education, just over a month after leaving the Chicago City Council for a job in the private sector.
Scott, who chaired the city council’s education committee before stepping down in June, is one of three new members of the Chicago Board of Education named by Lightfoot on Friday.
The former city councilman left city council to take up a position as director of industry and community relations for Chicago film studio Cinespace. Lightfoot appointed his sister, Monique, to replace him as alderman for the 24th arrondissement on the west side.
Michael Scott Jr.’s position as a school board member is unpaid, although board members are reimbursed for expenses related to their duties.
“I am humbled and honored to take on this new role on the Board of Education and to serve the students, families and staff of Chicago Public Schools,” Scott Jr. said in a statement. “This is an amazing opportunity to build on my father’s legacy with CPS and the continued drive to improve and expand student opportunities, experiences and outcomes. I look forward to getting started with the Board of Education”
Scott’s late father, Michael Sr., was school board president under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Scott Jr. would take the place of school board member Dwayne Truss, whose term is coming to an end, and who opposed plans to build a new $120 million high school in the South Loop, on property owned at the Chicago Housing Authority, despite Lightfoot’s support. for the project.
Lightfoot’s office did not immediately respond to questions about whether Truss’ opposition to the project had been a factor in his non-renewal of the school board appointment.
The mayor also named attorney Sulema Medrano Novak and former CPS student support and engagement manager Paige Ponder to the school board.
Medrano Novak is a partner at Chicago law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and a current member of the city’s human resources board. She will resign from this council to assume her new role at the school board.
Ponder is CEO of One Million Degrees, an organization that provides support to low-income people who are the first in their families to attend college. She previously worked for the Chicago Board of Education as the Student Support and Engagement Officer under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.