Mya Wilkins Named to School District 65 Evanston/Skokie Board of Trustees

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EVANSTON, IL — For the second time in less than a month, members of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 School Board have filled a vacancy created by a member’s resignation.

Mya Wilkins, executive director of marketing research at JP Morgan Chase and a parent of two students in the district, was the unanimous choice at a special school board meeting on Monday.

“I would like to thank you for once again having the courage to join this board and to help us continue the work of integrating and operationalizing[ing] fairness throughout the system,” said board chairman Sergio Hernandez. “We thank you for the sacrifice and your family for allowing you to be a part of this incredible work that we are doing in this district.

Wilkins was named to the seat vacated by Anya Tanyavutti. Tanyavutti announced his immediate resignation on September 19 at the same meeting in which the board voted to appoint Tracy Olasimbo to the board.

Olasimbo was one of 13 candidates who applied to succeed Marchioness Weatherspoon after her resignation. Weatherspoon was named to the board herself after missing out on one of four available seats by less than 140 votes in the April 2021 election.

Instead of reopening the application process after Tanyavutti resigned, board members decided to choose her replacement from candidates who had already applied. The Evanston Roundtable obtained the nominations through a public records request and provided a summary of the 13 candidates.

Superintendent Devon Horton said every council member is a vital member of the district team.

“Our [b]oard is the driver of our mission and vision,” said Horton. [b]oard that has been assembled will lead us towards a more equity-focused future for our students here in [District 65].”

Wilkins is a native of Ohio and the daughter and sister of teachers who have lived in the Evanston area for 18 years and attended Northwestern University’s business school, district officials said.

As a District 65 parent, she was involved with the PTA Equity Project, or PEP, African Black and Caribbean Parents Group, or ABC, and Walker Black Students Achieve.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the District 65 School Board,” Wilkins said in a statement announcing her appointment. “I look forward to partnering with Dr. Horton and the board members in continuing to provide the support needed to ensure that every child can succeed academically.”

The seats held by Wilkins, Olasimbo and Hernandez are all up for grabs in April. The two newly appointed board members have signaled their intention to stand for a four-year term on the seven-member board in the spring.

Earlier: Anya Tanyavutti resigns, Tracy Olasimbo appointed to District 65 Board of Directors

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