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D159 Board VP Takes Over President's Role

Patrick Markham became president of the D159 Board of Education July 23, following the resignation of John Troy. Markham also accepted the role of Frankfort Township Collector on the same day.

Following the board president John Troy, vice president Patrick Markham has stepped into the role.

Markham, who has served on the board since 2011, told Patch he assumed the president role on July 23. Later that day, he was also sworn in as Frankfort Township Collector.

The Township reached out to Markham about the position, he said. Markham hopes to instill the same sense of fiscal responsibility within the Township that he has brought to District 159.

Markham said that he would like instill a sense of community involvement within the township as soon as possible, while also being able to continue to serve the District 159 community.

“My efforts on the school board, to date, have simply been to be the best representative of the voters, the community that I could achieve,” Markham said. “Now with the added responsibility of president, I am challenged to create even more transparency, representation of the community along with positive interaction by all concerned.”

While the two roles are separate from one another, Markham said that he will bring the same fiscally driven sense of responsibility to both posts. He also said that he hopes his roles will reflect the type of government he supported during his time in the military.

“All in all, the reason I chose to serve in any capacity was to honor my brethren, the veterans, and to be true to our firm belief in our form of government,” Markham said. “'By the people, for the people.'”

JJ Regan July 26, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Congratulations Pat, Thank you for your service both to our Country and our Community!
James July 27, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Congrat Pat. Thanks for making the tough decisions and putting yourself out there. To many people are willing to throw stones at our elected officials but will not take thet time or put themselves on the line. Keep up the good work!
Publicola July 28, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Congrats Patrick. I am sure that you will continue the fine job that John Troy was doing as president.
C. Martinez July 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Dear Mr. Markham, I would like to know why the purported 2% projected increase for district administration is not 2%. My calculations show only two people getting a 2% raise: the Director of Building and Grounds and Director of Technology. While the Director of Business Operations show a projected 25.71% increase and the Director of Student Services is getting a 66.67% increase. The numbers and percentages don't align with what's being reported. I would like to know what's going on. If there is extra money, shouldn't this money be used back into school programs or updating our bullying policies or just save it? I would like more explanation regarding the administration raises. Can you please explain so that I may better understand why this is happen the way it is? I will try to attach a photo of the calculations in this news thread, Can you please review and explain why some of the positions are getting an exorbitant increase? Please advise. Thank you.
C. Martinez August 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Please come out to the school board meeting tonight. Let's get involved, participate and do what's best for our kids. Tonight (Wednesday) 7:00PM MES BAND ROOM. See you there! Unity in community! Come out parents and community members of Mokena!

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