Board of Education

Urbana School District #116 Board of Education


The Urbana District #116 School Board of Education is made up of seven elected members. Board meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month.  (There are no Business or Study session board meetings scheduled in July.) The public is welcome to attend.

If you wish to contact the entire school board via email, send your message to and all board members will receive it.


July 2015 – Application for USD116 Board of Education member

Urbana School District #116 Board of Education has received a letter of resignation effective July 17, 2015 from Board Member Elaine Gehrmann. Ms. Gehrmann served as Board member from Sub-­district #4 (West Central). The Board of Education is accepting applications from eligible community members to fill this vacancy.  This member will serve from August 18, 2015 until the next election in April, 2017.

At a minimum, the Board uses election qualifications, that is, a candidate must meet the following:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a resident of Illinois and the District (and Sub-­district #4) for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment (August 18, 2015).
  • Be a registered voter.
  • Not be a child sex offender.
  • Not hold another incompatible public office.
  • Not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the District.
  • Not hold certain types of prohibited State or federal employment.

Interested applicants should be review the Board of Education Policy Manual in general and specifically, 2:20, Powers and Duties of the School Board; 2:80, Board Member Oath and Conduct; 2:82, Board Agreement; 2:100, Board Member Conflict of Interest; 2:105 Ethics and Gift Ban; and 2:120, Board Member Development. Additional information regarding the Board of Education’s priorities, activities, and issues can be found on the district website:­of-­education

In order to apply for this vacant position, please submit to the Board of Education’s Recording Secretary, Ms. Lori A. Johnson, a Vacancy Application (pdf form), a current resume, and a letter that explains why you are interested in the Urbana School District #116 Board of Education position. Application materials may be submitted electronically to or paper copies may be hand delivered or mailed to:

Ms. Lori A. Johnson, Recording Secretary
Urbana School District #116 Board of Education
205 North Race
Urbana, IL 61801

Complete applications must be received by 4PM on Friday, August 7, 2015.


Urbana School District #116 Board Members

John H. Dimit, President
(Term expires 2017 – Sub-District 7)
OMA Training – Feb. 2012

2711 Plantation Point
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 367-5362

President John H. Dimit
Benita Rollins-Gay, Vice-President
(Term expires 2019 – Sub-District 2)
OMA Training – Feb. 2012
Mandatory Training (PDLT/PERA) – June 2013

606 E. Oakland Avenue
Unit #121
Urbana, IL  61802

Vice-President Benita Rollins-Gay
Ruth Ann Fisher, Board Secretary
(Term expires 2017 – Sub-District 3)
OMA Training – Feb. 2012
Mandatory Training (PDLT/PERA) – June 2013
PDLT/PERA Conf. Panel – Nov. 2013

1214 Lanore Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 367-9004

Board Secretary Ruth Ann Fisher
Brenda Carter, Secretary Pro-Tem
(Term expires 2017- Sub-District 1)
OMA Training – Feb. 2012
Mandatory Training (PDLT/PERA) – Dec. 2011

2111 Ransom Place
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 384-1377

Secretary Pro-Tem Brenda Carter
Anne Hall
(Term expires  2017 – Sub-District 4)

605 South Walnut
Urbana, IL  il 61801
(217) 384-3600
Peggy Patten
(Term expires 2017 – Sub-District 5)
OMA Training – Feb. 2012

609 West Indiana
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 337-5668

Board Member Peggy Patten
Paul Poulosky
(Term expires 2019 – Sub-District 6)
OMA Training – Feb. 2012

2106 Vawter
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 344-2649

Board Member Paul Poulosky