Guarino may be a 'near miss' for WJ, but will be a great board member


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When I read your analysis of my candidacy for the District 97 Elementary School Board in the March 23 issue it became clear that we are of like minds on many election-related matters, including that I'm "the real deal" and if elected, I "would be a strong, independent-minded" school board member.

We also agree that I have many good ideas, including what I've already helped to implement at Irving, on how to create a more welcoming atmosphere for all parents, regardless of their socioeconomic or cultural background, to become more involved in their children's education. In addition, during the campaign I outlined the three most immediate goals I would pursue if I'm elected: finding new and innovative ways to narrow the minority achievement gap; continually improving the efficiency of the district's financial operations, in the near term by convening a successor group to the Finance Task Force; and working closely with the incoming superintendent and my fellow board members to increase management oversight and accountability throughout the district.

Despite all of our agreement, we disagree on my being a "near miss" for endorsement by Wednesday Journal, but I guess three out of four isn't bad.

I believe that achieving a seat on the school board means representing not only the students and parents of District 97, but also stakeholders such as residents with no children, senior citizens, private school students and their parents, business owners, property owners and renters. All of us are Oak Park taxpayers and stakeholders who fund our public schools, directly or indirectly, and have an interest in having an academically challenging, well-respected, and fiscally responsible school district. My work as a school board member would always reflect this important reality.

I respectfully request that on April 5, you cast one of your three votes for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 for me?#34;PUNCH 241. Thank you.

Vic Guarino
Oak Park

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