Board of Education


Front Row: Janine Freedlund (Vice President), William Grimpe (President), Donna Johnson (Secretary)
Back Row: Becky Pfisterer, Louis Camardo, Kimberly Bianchini, Robert Rognstad

General Board Email:

The River Trails School District 26 Board of Education (Board) consists of seven public officials who are elected at large from the geographic boundaries established by law for the River Trails School District. The Board can only take action as a governing body when it is convened at a formally advertised open public meeting. The members are elected on a staggered basis according to the Illinois School Code adopted by the Illinois General Assembly. 

The Board, representing local community members, determines the philosophy by which the School District will be governed. The philosophy is expressed through the policies adopted by the Board. In order for the Board to carry out its legal charge given to it by the Illinois State Constitution, it has established a structure to govern itself. The Board annually elects three officers: president, vice president and secretary. The current Board functions under a committee structure in which three members are assigned to each standing committee by the president. The standing committees supervise the preparation of multi-year plans of action for finance, facilities and technology for Board approval.

School Board Members with the Eastern Redbud tree that was planted at River Trails Middle School in honor of School Board Member Appreciation Day 2023. 

Meet the RTSD26 Board of Education

Individuals with Disabilities

River Trails School District 26 is subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who require certain accommodations in order to allow them to attend and/or participate, or who have questions regarding the accessibility of the meeting or the facilities, are requested to contact the Superintendent’s office at (847) 297-4120 extension 7301.