Barber will work for early childhood education


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To tell the truth, I started out as a groupie for Peter Barber. It was all quite innocent?#34;he and some other Beye school parents and staff members were members of the "Beye-O-Rythms" band that played at Beye's talent show and end-of-school picnic. Peter played a mean bass guitar.

Now Peter Barber is running for school board and, I have learned, he has many talents outside the musical realm. Peter is an advertising and marketing professional who regularly listens critically to and studies his audience to find out what they want or need?#34;then finds a way to meet that need. He brings together groups with differing interests. He finds common ground. He makes plans, sets measurable goals.

Add to these skills a long history of public service and a dedication to his community, and you have the perfect candidate for District 97 school board. Peter now serves as a vice president of the Beye PTO. He has volunteered at his church, for his college, and for professional and youth groups.

If elected, Peter would emphasize early childhood education. He believes that offering families the option of full-day kindergarten could go a long way toward closing the achievement gap. Further, he would work hard to ensure that all school staff know what is expected of them and are held accountable for meeting their goals. Because of his professional experience, he knows the importance of fully understanding the public's interests and concerns prior to taking action. He would work collaboratively and enthusiastically with fellow board members and the new superintendent to move the district forward.

Now, THAT is music to my ears.

Pam Meyerson
Oak Park

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