In an effort to do a little bit to boost the morale of teachers at Brooks Middle School, I am happy to report that my seventh grade son is having a wonderful experience, thanks to his very innovative and dedicated teachers. Hats off to teachers Helen Chang, Christine Douglas, Steve Gonsur, Jeff Missman, and Mary O'Toole, as well as staff members Marvin Childress and Tina Reynolds, who are challenging and inspiring my son every day!
As a parent of a child in District 97, I am deeply concerned how removed the administration and some board members are from what does happen in our schools. According to this paper, Carolyn Newberry Schwartz commented about the proposed civility policies that she was "missing the storyline" to why they were generated by the District 97 Education Council.
Oak Park has many things to be proud of in the District 97 Schools but there are still some significant challenges to be addressed to make our schools the best they can be. On April 5th, we have the opportunity to choose some of the board members to face those challenges.
I am thrilled that David Pope is running for Village Board President. Over the last two decades I have heard concern about the motivations and abilities of politicians reflected over and over again in the question?#34;What will it take to get our brightest, most capable people to run for office? I believe that times are changing and that bright, capable people like David are beginning to answer the call and be willing to serve. It is our job as citizens to recognize them, elect them, help them, and thank them. We have the opportunity to do just that with David Pope.
For the last 28 years my wife, Marylouise and I have lived in Oak Park with our two children, Sarah and Nic. We decided to raise a family here because of the community's rich history of diversity, excellent schools and enlightened form of governance.
As communications coordinator for the New Leadership Party (NLP), I am responding to Ethel Cotovsky's letter attacking the character of Trustee Bob Milstein, the NLP candidate for village president ("Milstein's not the same Bob she remembers").
I had the pleasure of attending the Buzz Café's meet the candidate's night. The speakers were the candidates from the NLP party. Unfortunately two of the candidates had to leave early, so the majority of the evening was spent listening to Bob Milstein.
Over the next 10 years, Oak Park will be faced with exciting challenges. Responding to these challenges will require a balance of creativity and pragmatism. Whether the issue is balancing the imperative for economic growth with the importance of historic architecture, or balancing the necessity for openness in a citizen driven government with the need to make timely and difficult decisions in the interest of all citizens, your village board has to think and act deliberately, but with respect.