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Joining the Caucus - Q&A

RoThe District 109 Caucus seeks new members for its next session (February 2018-April 2019). For eligible District 109 residents who are interested in issues affecting our local schools, this is a great way to perform a vital civic service by participating in the process of candidate endorsement for the District 109 Board of Education.

What does the Caucus do?

The Caucus is responsible for identifying, interviewing, and endorsing the most qualified candidate(s) for each vacant seat on the 109 Board of Education, in addition to supporting the endorsed candidates during the election.

Caucus members accomplish this mainly through meetings over the Caucus session, generally five times, over an 18-month period that starts in February of even numbered years. Meetings are typically held in the DPS 109 administrative building or the Deerfield Public Library in the evenings during the workweek.

Who can become a member of the Caucus?

To be eligible, you must be a current resident of Lake County, Ill., and have lived within the boundaries of District 109 for at least one year prior to the start of the Caucus session (February 2017 to January 2018 for the upcoming session).

The following individuals are not eligible to serve on the Caucus:

1.  Current candidates for the School District 109 Board of Education,

2.  Current District 109 School Board members,

3.  Current, full-time District 109 employees, or

4.  Immediate family members of anyone listed in 1 to 3 above.

Do I have to have children in DPS 109 schools to serve?

No, in fact the Caucus would like for at least two of its "at-large members" to be residents who do not currently have children in 109 schools.

Are there any other requirements for Caucus members?

The Caucus requires that each of its members attend at least two District 109 School Board meetings (typically between February and October) prior to the Caucus meeting at which members vote on the candidates to endorse.

How many people serve on the Caucus?

The Caucus typically has 24 members—12 who represent the schools (two from each school) and 12 who are "at-large members"—in addition to two alternates.

­­Other questions about becoming a member?

Please contact Robyn Schwartz, Chair of the Caucus Select Committee.