Board Member Vacancy

Niles Township High School District 219 is accepting applications from qualified candidates who would like to be appointed to the D219 Board of Education. The vacancy has opened due to the resignation of Ms. Jill Manrique, who stepped down as a Board Member on July 14, 2022.

The Board will fill the vacancy resulting from Ms. Manrique’s resignation within the next two months.  The individual selected will serve on the Board for the remainder of Ms. Manrique’s term, which ends in 2023.

Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, and compliance with Board policies regarding conflict of interest, ethics, and the gift ban.  The Board’s policies are available on the District website.  Qualification requirements and application instructions are detailed in this online application. 

Applications are due no later than 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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Residency Approval/Verification – Summer 2022

Two sets of letters were emailed today. If you did not receive an email, please contact your registrar.

One set of letters was the Pre-Approval Letter. These were sent to households verified by the CLEAR Batch system. Recipients of this letter do not need to verify residency this summer.

The other set of letters was the Residency Verification Required Letter. These were sent to households who fall into one of two groups: (1) the CLEAR Batch system identified inconsistent or insufficient public records or (2) you have been randomly selected to provide documentation. Upon request, family liaisons are available for language assistance.

Residency Verification


Announce results of CLEAR Batch & random selectionJune 14
Online Residency Verification*starts June 30
In Person Residency Verificationstart July 5
Online Fee Waiver Uploadsstarts July 1
Online Freshman & Senior Health Form Uploadsstarts July 1

* – Only required for those who do not pass the CLEAR Batch system or who have been randomly selected.

If you have not verified residency, you will need to provide your four original documents (listed at the bottom of this page).

Category 1 ANDCategory 2
one document requiredthree different documents required
limit one per document
  • 2nd installment property tax bill (homeowners)
  • Mortgage statement or closing papers (homeowners)
  • Signed and dated lease (renters)
  • Current homeowners’/renters’ insurance policy and premium payment receipt
  • Cable bill (within 30 days)
  • Internet bill (within 30 days)
  • Gas bill (within 30 days)
  • Electric bill (within 30 days)
  • Phone bill (within 30 days)
  • Water bill (most recent)
  • Credit card bill or bank statement (within 30 days)

Congratulations to Our District Logo Contest Winner! – Jocelyn Jude (Niles West ’23)

Please join us in congratulating Niles West junior, Jocelyn Jude, for being the WINNER of our District 219 Logo Contest. Jocelyn finished first place in votes out of 1500 votes and over 100 logo submissions! The future of our district is bright like the futures of our talented students.

Congratulations to our other finalists as well!
Left to Right: Oliver Stulac (West Freshman), Socrates Hwang Kim (West Senior), Gabriel McKenzie (North Senior), and Marcus Moldovan (West Freshman).



Lori Andre (1976) lives in Chicago and married her high school sweetheart. She has three boys and grandchildren. She runs a successful shoe business, Lori’s Shoes, in Northfield and is the co-chair of community outreach for I AM ALS. 

Lori has worked tirelessly towards efforts to combat ALS, while running her successful shoe business.  All of this work is done with humility, fierce dedication and extraordinary grace.  Lori’s husband Brian (both class of 1976) was diagnosed with ALS approximately 5 years ago. Once they got over the initial shock of this devastating diagnosis, they got to work! They, along with others including Chicago resident, Brian Wallach, launched the organization I Am ALS, and have made more strides getting US government funding for ALS research than ever before.  I Am ALS has made other notable strides in patient advocacy, ALS research, and is revolutionizing how to cure this disease.  A simple google (see links below) of Lori and Brian Andre’s names will surface reporting on much of their efforts.  Below are links to supportive facts indicating how revolutionary their work has been in the Chicagoland area, for the entire ALS community and beyond, in addition to running a successful family owned business for decades.


Aamir Abjani, Misha Gandhi, Michael (Dane) Nitoi, Marija Planinic, Isar Saxena, and Sutton Schwartz, seniors at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, are 6 of ONLY 39 students in the State of Illinois to be the recipients of the 2022 DECA National Emerging Leader Honor Award.  


This award recognizes students studying marketing, finance, hospitality, entrepreneurship and management for an academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader through participation in DECA.  The award recipient must be a highly involved and accomplished DECA member in his/her/their senior year of high school who have maintained at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, have completed at least one course in marketing, business management and administration, entrepreneurship, finance or hospitality and tourism, and have participated in a variety of activities that helped them to become a community-oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leader.  


DECA currently boasts over 175,000 worldwide members and less than 1,000 graduating seniors earned this honor.  We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments.  They are truly leaders among their very accomplished peers!  The Niles North DECA chapter advisors are Jean Attig, Kara Mielke and Nick Pahl.  

Pictured Left to Right:  

Sutton Schwartz, Aamir Abjani, Misha Gandhi, Marija Planinic, Isar Saxena, Dane Nitoi

Sutton has committed to Indiana University in the Kelley School of Business in the fall with an intended major in Supply Chain Management.  He is the son of Stacey and Bennet Schwartz of Skokie.

Aamir has committed to University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana in the fall with an intended major in Marketing.  He is the son of Shamira and Ghulam Abjani of Skokie.

Misha has committed to University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana in the fall with an intended major in Business and Public Relations.  She is the daughter of Reena and Kalpesh Gandhi of Skokie.

Marija has committed to the Ivy School of Business at Iowa State University in the fall with an undecided major in Business.  She is the daughter of Vidoslava and Luke Planinic of Skokie.

Isar has committed to University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana in the fall with an intended major in Mechanical Engineering.  He is the son of Shalini and Anup Saxena of Morton Grove.

Dane has committed to the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall with an intended major in Finance.  He is the son of Michele and Daniel Nitoi of Morton Grove.

DECA is a career and technical student organization composed of more than 250,000 students who are interested in careers in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or management.  DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.  DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.  For more information about DECA, visit