Kevin Molloy, School Board President of the troubled Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, announced his resignation on Thursday after much criticism from the Lincoln-Way community. The district had been placed on the state’s financial watch list last year and has faced a lot of backlash from the community after the decision to close Lincoln-Way North back in August 2015. A community group called “Lincoln-Way Area Taxpayers unite” filed a lawsuit back in December calling for a judge to step in and prevent Lincoln-Way North from closing.
Molloy, and employee of State Farm, stated that the decision to resign was caused by increasing strain on his personal and business life from critics in the community. Molloy stated, “To those who were out to destroy my life, I am waiving the white flag and taking care of the people I need to take care of. I apologize to my family for not walking away sooner.” Molloy had been a Lincoln-Way School Board Member since 2005 and became board president in May 2015. He defended the school boards’ decision by saying, “Our decision to close North was based on facts, on what made sense. There was zero politics involved.”
Molloy’s resignation comes two weeks after fellow board member Christ McFadden’s resignation. District Superintendent, Scott Tingley, said that vacancies on the school board must be filled within 45 days, but Tingley says that he believes that both positions can be filled in that time. Tingley also stated, “These are volunteer positions. What they are doing is for the good of the community. It’s very difficult to be in this position now.”