school board member Sue Gillooley resigned her position Monday following accusations that she stalked a New Lenox resident, the district announced in a news release.
Last week, a Will County judge extended an order of protection against Gillooley. New Lenox resident Kathleen Jackson accused her of stalking her and her children. Although the judge didn't think either side was being completely honest, the order was extended to give both women “an opportunity to calm down.”
According to the District 122 news release, Gillooley cited a desire to spend more time with her five children.
The resignation takes effect immediately. Gillooley was elected to the school board in 2007 and . She has also served on the District 843 Lincoln-Way Area Special Education governing board.
"I feel that at this point in my life, I need to be with my family," Gillooley said in a letter to the district. "I want to take more time to be with my children and enjoy the time I have with them ... My motto has always been about KIDS FIRST and I am putting my kids on top."
The Board of Education will begin the process for filling the vacancy within the coming weeks, according to the news release, and the district will put out a notice inviting residents to submit resumes.
The vacancy will be filled within 45 days after it occurred, according to the release.
"Sue Gillooley has worked hard alongside the Board of Education to help make our district successful," board President Nick DiSandro said in the news release. "We respect her decision to resign from the board to spend more time with her family and certainly wish her nothing but the best."