By Terry Dean
A trustee on the Oak Park Township board and a member of the Early Childhood Collaboration have announced their intentions to run for a seat on the District 200 Board of Education in next April's election.
Eric Davis, a two-term township trustee, is seeking one of the four seats on the D200 board, which governs Oak Park and River Forest High School. Also announcing this month is Jeff Weissglass, a member and treasurer of the Collaboration board. In his announcement letter last week, Weissglass said providing students with a continued superior education is one of reasons he's running. A former lawyer and community development consultant for ShoreBank in Chicago, Weissglass has two students at OPRF currently, plus one graduate.
Davis said he's running because he feels he's completed his work on the township board, namely the purchase and construction of the new Senior Services Center at Oak Park Avenue near South Boulevard. As an architect, Davis said he wants to join the D200 board to help with the long-term facilities planning at the high school. He also wants to work on academic policies, especially those that can help students "in the middle" academically at OPRF. As a township trustee, Davis has worked with Township Youth Services, and he strongly supports the youth interventionist program that works throughout the community, including with OPRF students.