BBCHS board members honored for years of service

April 16, 2019

Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School board members Mike Downey and Hollice Clark were honored for their years of service Monday.

Downey, Kankakee County sheriff, served on the board 26 years and did not seek another term in the April 2 election. He is the longest serving board member in the history of the district.

Clark, current board president, served on the board 17 years. He was defeated in his re-election bid. Clark is the Bourbonnais Township Park District executive director.

“I can’t say enough about what Mike and Hollice have meant to this district,” said Superintendent Scott Wakeley. “They are here because they care. They will always support us, hold us accountable and help us make the district a better place.”

Downey, first appointed to the board in 1993, joked, “I never planned to be on the board this long.”

“I worked with four superintendents, three principals, five board presidents and many board members. All have been great for the district,” said Downey. “We have such a great administration and staff.”

Downey also thanked the students who are, “Why we do what we do.”

“Looking back, I’m proud of the many projects we’ve done for the betterment of the students and faculty. We have a caring staff who help students in any way they can,” said Clark. “We are paving our own path. Continue to pave the path.”

“As I close this chapter in my life, I have a lot of great memories and have made a lot of friendships,” said Clark.

Newly elected board members Jennifer Edmonds, a retired educator and administrator, and Todd Kuntz, manager at Clifton Chemical and Water Treatment will join incumbents Mike O’Gorman, president of Kankakee Nursery Co. and Justin Caldwell, director of workforce health for Riverside Medical Center.

A special board re-organization meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight. During the meeting, new and returning board members will be sworn in. The board president, vice-president and secretary will be voted on.