Required Training

Illinois school board members must complete mandatory training in a number of subject areas as required by the following statutes:

For new board members:

  • The Basics of Governance
  • Open Meetings Act (OMA)
  • Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members, including state-mandated training on trauma-informed practices (new in 2023)

Pursuant to these statutes, District 401's website provides the names of all voting members of the school board who have successfully completed the training. Please see the table below.

District 401 Board Member Training





Mrs. Susan S. Capraro

April 22, 2012

Aug. 10, 2013

Nov. 23, 2013

Mr. Frank J. Parisi

Feb. 5, 2012

June 27, 2013

Jan. 23, 2017

Mrs. Jennifer P. Ranallo Jan. 5, 2023 Jan. 17, 2023 Jan. 17, 2023

Mr. Jonathan M. Rivera

June 9, 2017

June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

Mr. Jason Shipinski To be posted To be posted To be posted
Ms. Michelle J. Silver To be posted To be posted To be posted

Mr. Peter A. Volpe

Feb. 22, 2012

May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

Other Required Training

In addition, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leah Gauthier has been designated by the Board to receive training in compliance with the Open Meetings Act (OMA), as required by Section 1.05(a) of that act.

Dr. Gauthier, who also serves as District 401's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer, completes all required OMA and FOIA training each year.