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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.'”

R.W.Voter July 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Wish you the best Mr. Markham, God Bless You for the work you have done.Thank you
REAGANRAISEDTAXES July 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE ELECTED BOARD ALL NEEDED JOBS AND ARE CASHING IN ON THE GOVT. JOBS! GO TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR SO WE CAN LOWER OUR TAX BASE.
Bradley Brink July 25, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Congratulations Patrick!
Eric Blair July 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
"By the people, for the people"? If he really believes this then he's way off. 'Our' form of government is far different than most people envision. 'We the People' make no real decisions. Those are made behind the scenes by representatives of "The Corporation". Doesn't matter if the corporation is Mokena Schools, Inc. or the United States of America, Inc. And 'the People' ain't the corporation. The sooner people understand this the sooner this whole mess (here and national) can be solved.
Marguerite McDermed July 25, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Congratulations, Patrick. Voters, both township collector and school board president are UNPAID positions.
IIA Alumni July 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Eric Blair, I agree with you. The biggest hurdle is, how do we get people to truly understand this? And how can we effectively create change (without experiencing any various forms of retaliation), to get us on that path of doing things right?
patrick markham July 25, 2012 at 06:22 PM
My service due to my unshakable belief of government by and for the people are challenges i accept , at this time. UNPAID, there is NO pay for any position i am voted to or appointed to. I hope to see a good number of good citizens run for the board in April. NO back rooms, No elitism , ALL open decisions , by the way we are precluded by law not to speak of any decisions outside of Open Meeting. I believe we ARE on the right Track and can only hope to do as best i can to carry that torch. Improve quality of education and be very careful with spending of taxpayer money , especially where it really does NOT help or improve situation for "children". I simply a representative. Not elected to make any back room decisions, only elected to REPRESENT, community, parents, etc. Come to some board meetings please. We are all doing it as volunteers surely more interest is welcome by us. Patrick Markham
IIA Alumni July 25, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The one thing that I have noticed (after attending the board meetings) is that Mr. Markham is proactive about listening to parent's concerns and attempting to open up the lines of communications with parents and the board. I feel that Mr. Markham is more approachable compared to the other board members. I feel that some of the other board members are ignorant and harsh towards parent's concerns and issues. I get the sense that they (some of the board members, not all of them) feel "bothered" when parents show up at the board meetings. Like we're "beneath" them and we wouldn't understand anything. Like I said, this is my own, personal analysis/observation (since I've been attending the board meetings). And I don't think parents should be made to feel this way. It should be a two-way street with constructive, reasonable conversations applied both ways between the board and parents/community with the goal to achieve positive, progressive change to benefit the children, teachers and community. I will continue to attend the board meetings and I hope that more people will show up as well.
FRED TARGOS July 25, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Patrick keep up the good work you are doing for the commnity you are a hard worker. fred
Rodger Reader July 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Dear President Markham, now that we have a "doer" as head of the school district I expect to see the same passion from you as always. You now have an opportunity to practice what you've been preaching. Let's see that open government you profess to subscribe to. Maybe I'll turn on channel 6 one day soon and actually see a broadcast of a Dist.159 board meeting. Many of us voters recall your vigorous campaign promises. You now have your chance - show us what a great district we can be. You say no back room deals. Prove it to us. Most of all, keep your most important promise. The kids come first.
IIA Alumni July 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I'm with you Rodger Reader.
Bob Palumbo July 25, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Pat, Thanks for your time & efforts that you give to this great city of MOKENA....... Keep on......
David Molinari July 25, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I whole-heartedly congratulate You Pat. I thank you for your service as a veteran and I now thank you for your continued service as a Public servant and friend to freedom issues here in Frankfort Township. God Bless your efforts!
Jim Giglio July 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
You've worked hard to make a positive difference ! CONGRATS PAT !
Barbara Curtiss July 25, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Patrick, Congratulations on both new assignments! President of the District 159 School Board is especially significant because of your great passion for keeping the kids first. You have been very successful and responsible as a board member and I am sure will continue in your leadership role on the school board as well as with the township role. We're very proud to have you representing us in both areas! Barb Curtiss
Don Labriola July 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Congrats Pat. I'm very confident that you will keep SD 159 marching in a positive direction. A successful school district fosters a successful community, and I'm certain that's what you will bring. It's hard work but you're a hard worker. Trustee Don
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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