Demanding, exhausting, and all too frequently thankless: This is what it can be like to serve on the Oak Park and River Forest High School board. I learned this from intensely personal experience as I worked for eight years alongside many such tireless and selfless board members as their superintendent/principal. The decisions they make and the manner and spirit in which they make them can determine not only the climate of an entire school but the future of an entire community. Understanding these realities, I strongly urge you to elect Tom Cofsky to the District 200 Board of Education.
Why? Because Tom will come to the board table having already learned the lessons it could take others months, perhaps years, to master. He knows that board members must maintain a "big picture" perspective, aware that their policies will affect generations of students to come. He knows that the best decisions are made when fully informed members collaborate through civil discourse to make those decisions. He knows that the determining factor in making those tough choices is identifying and sustaining what is best for our kids, today and tomorrow.
I am deeply grateful to all who have stepped forward, willing to assume these challenging and exacting responsibilities.
I have, however, to ask myself, "Who will hit the ground running?"
Susan J. Bridge
Oak Park resident, former OPRF superintendent