District 15 Board of Education

  • The School Board of McHenry Elementary School District 15 is comprised of seven members elected by the community, to fulfill its powers and duties on behalf of the District. These powers and duties include the authority to adopt, enforce, and monitor all polices for the management and governance of the District’s schools, as well as adopting the annual budget, approving expenditures, and and work in partnership with the Superintendent. To reach the school board please email them at boe@d15.org.

    Learn more about our Board of Education Members and review the mandatory and non-mandatory training and development activities that were completed by the board member below. When the training was provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards, the acronym "IASB" follows the listed activity.

Meet the D15 Board of Education

  • Mr. Chad Mihevc, President

    ChadFirst Elected: April, 2021
    Current Term Expires: April, 2025
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: Ex Officio member of Curriculum, Finance, Facilities, and Personnel
    Personal/Professional Background: Chad Mihevc is a managing member of the law firm of Flores & Mihevc, LLC, and concentrates his practice on commercial real estate, business law, and estate planning. Chad earned his J.D., M.B.A., and B.A. (Bronze Tablet; Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chad has served as a youth leader, coach, and member of several community nonprofit organizations, and has also served as Alderman for the City of McHenry and as President and board member of McHenry High School District 156. Chad and his wife, Jenny, live in McHenry and have three children: Joe, Mary Beth, and James.
    Completed Training: Open Meetings Act, Professional Development Leadership, Performance Evaluation Reform Act, Basics of Government - Completed June, 2021
    Contact: cmihevc@d15.org

     

    Mrs. Lindsay Morley, Vice President

    Lindsay First Elected: April, 2021
    Current Term Ends: April, 2025
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: Curriculum Chairperson and Personnel Committee Member
    Personal/Professional Background: Lindsay Morley is an educational administrator.
    Completed Training: Basics of Government - Completed June, 2021
    Contact: lmorley@d15.org

     

     


     
    Mrs. Rachel McDonnell, Secretary

    RachelFirst Elected: April, 2021
    Current Term Ends: April, 2025
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: 
    Curriculum Committee Member and Finance Committee Member
    Personal/Professional Background: Mrs. McDonnell is a Registered Nurse.
    Completed Training: Open Meetings Act, Professional Development Leadership, Performance Evaluation Reform Act, Basics of Government - Completed June, 2021
    Contact: rmdonnell@d15.org

     

     

     

    Mr. Patrick DeGeorge

    PatrickFirst Elected: July, 2021
    Current Term Ends: 
    April, 2023
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: Personnel Committee Member and Building & Facilities Committee Member

    Contact: 
    pdegeorge@d15.org

     

     




    Mr. Matthew Stauner

    Matthew

    First Elected: April, 2019
    Current Term Ends: April, 2023
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: Finance Chairperson, Building & Facilities Committee Member and Transportation Committee Member
    Completed Training: Professional Development Leadership Training, Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training for School Board Members IASB, Open Meetings Act Training for School Board Members - Completed October, 2016
    Contact: mstauner@d15.org


    Mrs. Jennifer Synek

    Jennifer

    First Elected: April, 2021
    Current Term Ends: April, 2025
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: Finance Committee Member and Chairperson of Personnel Committee
    Personal/Professional Background: Jennifer Synek manages an Emergency Consolidated Dispatch Center for 16 police &n fire agencies including the City of McHenry.
    Completed Training: Professional Development Leadership Training, Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training for School Board Members - Completed July, 2021
    Contact: jsynek@d15.org

     
     

    Mr. Arne Waltmire

    Arne

    First Elected: April, 2019
    Current Term Ends: April, 2023
    Personal/Professional Background:
     Arne Waltmire taught high shool Industrial Technology (Automotive, Metals, Woods and Small Engines) for 33 years. Of those years, 18 of them were at Crystal Lake South High School. Arne's wife, Diane, and him have lived in the McHenry area for 21 years. They have three adult sons. Arne has served as Sunday school co-superintendent at his local church and now serves on the Board of Trustees and as Finance Chair. He has worked part-time for the National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS) as an arbititrator on new car warranty disputes for 26 years. Arne listens to both sides, sorting out the facts and comes to a logical decision. Also, in the last two years, he has been a member of 3 panel arbitration board with NCDS where they read the written auto warranty disputes, have a group discussion and then vote to reach a group decision. Arne has a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University, 1975 and a Masters of Education in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University, 1999.
    Current Committee/Liason Assignments: Curriculum Committee Member and Chairperson of Building and Facilities Committee
    Completed Training: Open Meetings Act On-Line Training/Office of the Attorney General/Professional Development Leadership Training, Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training for School Board Members IASB - Completed June, 2019
    Contact: awaltmire@d15.org

School Board Meetings

  • School Board meetings are established in compliance with Illinois School Code, the Open Meetings Act, and Public Policy.  It is required that board discussion be held in public and that the taken action in public. However, The Open Meetings Act provides authorized exceptions to this requirement, which allows the Board to meet privately in closed session when appropriate.

Public Participation In Board Meetings

  • The School Board encourages and appreciates citizen interest in meetings of the Board of Education.  There is a place at the beginning of the agenda especially set aside to hear comments from visitors.  Persons wishing to address the Board may make written requests to the superintendent in advance of the regular meeting, by contacting the District Office at 779-244-1000, or by indicating their name and topic they wish to address on the form located at the entrance of the meeting.  The speaker should give his/her name, address, and limit his/her comments to three minutes.  The board asks that courtesy and respect to others be shown.  The use of specific individuals’ names, slanderous or derogatory comments about anyone cannot be permitted.  The Board President has the right and may declare out of order a speaker and terminate any remarks which are not relevant or which have been previously addressed on the same subject.

Specific Issues Raised at Board Meetings

  • If issues raised during Public Comment require answers to questions, gathering information, or further discussion, the Board may refer the matter to the superintendent.  They may also set a later time to meet with constituents.  Whenever possible, you are encouraged to seek information or action first from the teacher or principal.  Going directly to the source of the problem will, in many cases, clear up misunderstandings and bring the desired result.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the school level, please contact the superintendent’s office for assistance. 

     All Illinois school board members must receive training in professional development leadership (P.A. 97-8) and the Open Meetings Act (P.A. 97-504). Mandatory training will also be required after the new teacher evaluation requirements are implemented in each school district. For additional information see Board policy 2:120, Board Member Development.