Weissglass finds uanity in diversity

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Jeff Weissglass possesses that rare capacity to work productively and authentically within contentious situations, while encouraging stakeholders to remain focused on what's really at stake. He has accomplished important tasks within deliberative bodies with measures of insight, aplomb and doggedness. Jeff comes from a place of integrity and has worked to create environments that foster healthy, civic communities.

As a participant in the Project Unity initiatives, he helped to shape community work that led to deeper understanding of how to build reflective, harmonious community.

When considering Jeff's "history of leadership" in the Oak Park and River Forest communities, recurring themes emerge: unity within diversity and inclusive collaborations in the service of youth and their families. There is a need for individuals such as Jeff to assist the board in engaging the issues of our community with new tools. Jeff will bring fresh new ways to discuss budgets, capital improvements and curricular issues in the high school community.

Critically important issues coming before the District 200 school board, bearing on the well-being of students, teachers, staff and community, often go unresolved. One such issue remaining is euphemistically called "the achievement gap." This issue remains charged. The enormity of the situation increases daily, but I believe that Jeff Weissglass has the composure and deep intelligence to articulate ways to address this issue.

I support Jeff Weissglass for the D200 Board of Education and wholeheartedly encourage you to do the same on April 9.

George Bailey

Oak Park

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Posted: April 8th, 2013 9:24 AM

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