BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board of Education, Springfield Public School District #186

The Board of Education of Springfield Public School District #186 is comprised of seven members. Each member is elected by the citizens of the individual sub-districts in which they reside for a term of either two or four years as outlined in the Illinois School Code.

The Board sets educational policies and guidelines for the Springfield Public Schools, an urban district of almost 15,000 preschool through high school-aged students.

 Board Members

Anthony "Tony" Mares, President

President

Anthony "Tony" Mares
Sub-District 1
amares@sps186.org
217/970-0170
Term Expires: April 2023

Micah Miller, Vice President

Vice President

Micah Miller
Sub-District 2
micahm@sps186.org
217/416-6928
Term Expires: April 2023

Sarah Blissett

Sarah Blissett
Sub-District 3
sblissett@sps186.org
217/414-4765
Term Expires: April 2023

Mike Zimmers

Mike Zimmers
Sub-District 4
mikez@sps186.org
217/414-5187
Term Expires: April 2023

Buffy Lael-Wolf

Buffy Lael-Wolf
Sub-District 5
blaelwolf@sps186.org
217/220-0185
Term expires: April 2023

Erica Austin

Erica Austin
Sub-District 6
eaustin@sps186.org
217/553-1815
Term expires: April 2023

William Ringer

William Ringer
Sub-District 7
bringer@sps186.org
217/971-5470
Term Expires: April 2023

Julie Hammers

Staff

Julie Hammers
Board Secretary
jhammers@sps186.org
217/525-4406
1900 W. Monroe Street, 62704

Board Meeting Information

Regular meetings of the Board of Education are held on the first and third Monday of each month in the Board Room of the administrative offices located at 1900 West Monroe Street. The Board meets in closed executive session beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the public session beginning at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise publicly noticed.

All meetings of the Board are open to the public and conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Additionally, regular meetings are available for public viewing as a live stream or as a recording of past meetings through the SPSchannel22 page of Youtube. Please note public comment portions of some of the meeting recordings may be edited in accordance with YouTube content guidelines.

Release of the Excerpt of June 3, 2013, Executive Session Per PAC
The attached excerpt of the June 3, 2013, executive session has been released in order to comply with the March 24, 2013 decision of the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC).

Board Policy, Rules and Regulations

Accessing Board Policy, Rules and Regulations via the Electronic School Board

On January 4, 2010, the Board of Education began conducting all meetings utilizing the Electronic School Board. This paperless meeting organizational system is also where Board Policies, as well as Rules and Regulations are housed. With this in mind, below are instructions for accessing the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations.

Accessing the ESB system:

1. Click on the title of this page. This is a live link to the Electronic School Board (ESB) homepage.

2. In the right hand column of the ESB page, there is a link entitled "Policies and Regs". Click on this link.

3. In the middle of the page is a drop down menu entitled "100 - School District Organization". Click on this drop down box, it is the Table of Contents.

4. Choose which area you are looking for and click on it. It may hesitate briefly but the policies and corresponding numbers will come up on the new page along with any related regulation. The regulations are in a pdf format in the right hand column next to the policy to which they correspond.

For additional information or questions regarding access the ESB, please contact Julie Hammers at 525-4406 or jhammers@sps186.org.

Addition to Policy 270.10

Board Election Information

All seven seats on the Board of Education, Springfield Public School District #186, will be up for election in the April 4, 2023, Consolidated Election. Candidates in Sub-Districts 1, 2, and 6 will be seeking two-year terms ending in 2025. Candidates in Sub-Districts 3, 4, 5, and 7 will be seeking four-year terms ending in 2027.

Additional information regarding the 2023 Consolidated Election, including information for potential candidates, will be available in the coming months as it is released by the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Sangamon County Clerk.

Potential candidates are also encouraged to visit the Illinois Association of School Board's website where additional resources for candidates can be found. 

Sub-District Map

As required by the School Code of Illinois after each decennial census, the Board of Education has re-apportioned the seven sub-districts.

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission prepared a 2022 Reapportionment Plan and new sub-district map based on 2020 census data. This new map was approved by the Board of Education at its regular meeting of Monday, April 18, 2022, and can be found by clicking on this link: 2022 Reapportionment Approved Map.

Following is a list of current Board members with corresponding sub-district: 

  • Sub-district 1 - Anthony "Tony" Mares

  • Sub-district 2 - Micah Miller

  • Sub-district 3 - Sarah Blissett

  • Sub-district 4 - J. Michael Zimmers

  • Sub-district 5 - Buffy Lael-Wolf

  • Sub-district 6 - Erica Austin

  • Sub-district 7 - Bill Ringer

Please note that the information provided on the electronic map is not guaranteed for accuracy. A copy of the official sub-district map is also on display in the District's administrative office located at 1900 West Monroe. For additional information or to set an appointment to view the map, please contact Julie Hammers at 217/525-4406.

Please note that the map, below, is based on the 2010 census. The 2022 Reapportionment Approved Map will be added below once available in the appropriate format.

Student Board of Education Member Application Information

The Springfield Public Schools’ Board of Education invites interested incoming high school seniors to apply to become the 2022-2023 Student School Board Member. One incoming senior will be chosen to serve on the Springfield Public Schools’ Board during the upcoming school year. 

Throughout the course of the year, the student will be expected to attend two evening board meetings and a minimum of one Superintendent’s Student Roundtable meeting, per month. Board meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month, with few exceptions for holidays. The Roundtable typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month but additional meetings are usually scheduled in the late fall or early winter to facilitate the planning of the group’s Unity Day event. 

The Student Board Member will be given time on each School Board agenda to speak regarding student concerns, curriculum, and activities. He or she will be expected to develop and implement a service project over the course of the year. The Student Board Member is to act as a liaison between the students and school board, gather student concerns and celebrations in a variety of ways, and help communicate important information from the school board to the students. The Student Board Member also will receive time with the Superintendent to discuss student issues and concerns. 

The Student Board Member will at all times be representing Springfield Public Schools and should act in a way that honors him/herself, the student body he/she represents, and the Springfield Public Schools as a whole. 

Finalists will participate in an interview process with the School Board Members. The naming of the 2022-2023 Student Board Member will take place in May 2022. 

All applicants are also welcomed to participate in the Superintendent's Student Roundtable meetings during the 2022-23 school year. Those interested in participating in the meetings are asked to contact Ms. Hammers at jhammers@sps186.org or 217/525-4406. 

A student must meet the following requirements to apply for the position of Student Board Member: 

  • Be a high school Senior at a Springfield Public Schools’ high school during the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

  • Submit completed application, below.

  • Submit a one-page biographical sketch outlining the student’s abilities, goals, and reasons why he/she is the best choice as a Student Board Member based on questions listed on this application.

  • Provide two written references from teachers, administrators, or community members.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.