Paula Meyer Besler has resigned from her Board member position effective July 20, 2022 as she and her family have the opportunity to relocate out of district. Paula was first appointed to the Board in 2014, she then ran for school board and was elected in 2015 and reelected to the school board in 2019. In addition to serving and chairing many of the Board’s committees, Paula served as Vice President from 2016-2019 and as President from 2019-2022 which notably included leading through the pandemic.
“It has been an honor to serve the District 207 community for two terms over eight plus years,” Besler says. “I am especially proud of the work being done to modernize our three high schools so they match the educational excellence of District 207. Importantly, we persevered through the pandemic and in doing so, worked to balance different perspectives with honor, civility, and respect. Most of all, our Board led and collaborated as a team, making fact-based decisions in a constantly changing environment. Finally, I am very proud of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work which District 207 is committed to, and continues to grow and learn about, as well. This was a cornerstone of my campaign platform and I believe it is critically important for our future. While there is still work to be done, as there always is, the commitment of the Board and District is strong. Thank you again to the District 207 community for the opportunity to serve.”
“Paula’s strong and thoughtful leadership during unprecedented conditions was exemplary,” says Board President Carla Owen. “Throughout her years on the Board, she brought to the table empathy and an unwavering commitment to ensure that the District delivered the best possible education to all students. I’m grateful to have been able to serve with her, and she will be missed.”