Williams stepping down from board

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School Board President Rufus Williams says he will resign today following conversations with Mayor Richard Daley, who is reportedly set to reinstate former President Michael Scott. Scott was recently appointed as co-chair of the expanded Chicago 2016 Outreach Advisory Council, the city’s official Olympic bid organization. School Board member Tariq Butt was also selected as a member of one of the council’s five subcommittees. Scott, a politically connected real estate developer and business leader with deep roots on the West Side, served as board president from 2001 to 2005 and was director of the Department of Special Events under the late Mayor Harold Washington. As board president, Scott earned a reputation as a mediator and good listener to community concerns. Williams has often clashed with community members and activists during board meetings.