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Frank R. Fiarito, President
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The River Trails Elementary 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 Elementary 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 mores, 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, the Board 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. Three Board 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. The Strategic Plan is directed by the District Mission Statement, Goals and Action Plans established by the Board in conjunction with the professional staff and community. 

Board of Education

On April 2, 2019, 4 board members were elected into office.  They were recognized at the April 23, 2019 Board of Education meeting and recited the Oath of Office.
Janine Freedund: 2 yr term
Donna Johnson: 4 yr term
Frank Fiarito: 4 yr term
Samuel Bae: 4 yr term
Robert Rognstad: 2 yr term
sworn in 4.2019

Julia Nemcek was recognized at the October 2, 2018 Board Meeting for her 5 plus years of service on the Board of Education for River Trails School District 26.  She has made quite the impact and will be sorely missed by her D26 family.  


We have two new Board Members!   Please help us welcome Robert Rognstad and Janine Freedlund!

new board
Board Members from left to right
Frank Fiarito (Board President), Bill Grimpe (Secretary), Sue Stolzer, Janine Freedlund, Robert Rognstad, Sam Bae, and Donna Johnson (Vice President)



Mr. Frank Fiarito, President of the Board of Education, River Trails School District 26, has announced that applications for the Board vacancy created by the resignation of Board Member Mrs. Linda Linder may be obtained at the District's administrative offices, 1900 East Kensington Road, Mount Prospect and by CLICKING THIS LINK.  Mrs. Linder has been a part of the RTSD26 family for many years and will be greatly missed.


In order to be a candidate for the Board vacancy a person must show proof that s/he is a citizen of the United States, lives in Illinois and in District 26 for more than a year, is a registered voter, at least eighteen years of age, and shall not be a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 21, 2018, at 4:00 P.M.  The Board will contact individual candidates for interviews.  At the conclusion of the interviewing process, a candidate will be selected for the appointment.  The chosen applicant will only serve the rest Mrs. Linder’s term which ends April 2019.


Interested parties may contact the Board Secretary’s Designee, Mrs. Veronica Kagan, at (224) 612-7301 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.



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Back Row: Samuel Bae, Linda Linder, Sue Stolzer, Bill Grimpe
Front Row: Donna Johnson, Frank Fiarito, Julia Nemcek

Frank Fiarito - President
Bill Grimpe - Secretary
Donna Johnson - Vice President
Samuel Bae - Member
Linda Linder - Member (retired 8.21.18)
Julia Nemcek - Member
Sue Stolzer - Member

 Mr. Bae was appointed for a two year term at the June 6, 2017 Board Meeting.   Welcome, Mr. Bae!

Dr. Rathna Koka has completed her four year term on the Board of Education and will be sorely missed! Here she is being recognized by Mrs. Donna Johnson at the May 2, 2017 Board Meeting.

Sue Stolzer, Bill Grimpe, and Julia Nemcek took their oath at the May 2, 2017 Board Meeting.  All three members will be serving a four year term on the Board of Education. Congrats!

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.