Wednesday Journal's failure to endorse Valerie Fisher for reseating on the District 200 school board was baffling to say the least. By any measure, Valerie deserves reelection.
We had the honor and pleasure of serving with Valerie on the OPRF school board for over five years. During that time she demonstrated to all of us precisely what it meant to be by turns a team player and a leader?#34;executed with keen intelligence, common sense, and good humor. Valerie's passion for fairness and clear articulation of district policies helped to raise board discussions to an uncommonly high ground, enabling thoughtful exchanges and problem solving to occur without any trace of rancor. As a person, Valerie always brought out the best in her colleagues. She listened well, pushed for consensus and did her best to ensure that everyone be heard.
Valerie's exemplary record on the board speaks for itself and does not need to be reiterated by us. However, it is those intangible qualities a person has to offer that often turn out to be the ones most valued by a board, that, frankly, elevate a board from the mundane to the exceptional.
Our communities are fortunate that Valerie is willing to continue in our service. It is a gift for which we are personally grateful. We urge all voters to join us at the polls on April 5 and reelect Valerie Fisher to the OPRF District 200 school board.
Regina Kwan Peterson,
Nancy Leavy, John McCulloh