I recently attended a neighborhood meeting regarding the OPRFHS Booster Club's request for stadium lights in their newly renovated field on Linden and Lake Street. Apparently the Booster Club has the monies to disperse as they wish and the administration and school board appear to support the Booster Club's efforts.
I've gotten to know Bob Milstein over the past few months, and I want to tell you about the guy I know. Bob takes a lot of hits because he is a character: one of those people with a personality that is neither bland nor complacent, and who speaks up when he sees things that don't make sense. He's also very funny, and if he ever leaves public service he could start a second career as a comedian.
Carolyn Newberry Schwartz deserves reelection to the District 97 School Board because of her accomplishments during her first term, her knowledge of school finance and because of the energy, enthusiasm and intelligence she brings to her service as a board member.
Recently, in the comprehensive article entitled "Library board race offers a range of personalities" candidates for the Oak Park Library Board were profiled. I was unable to be reached for comment, and in seeking my first elected public office position, I would like to share with you, the residents of Oak Park, my reasons for seeking a seat on the Oak Park Library Board.
This letter is written to endorse the candidacy of Dietra D. Millard, M.D. for a seat on the District 200 School Board in the coming election. Having known Dee both professionally and personally for many years, we feel that her successful career as a physician educator as well as her own personal attributes make her an ideal candidate for this position.
As in previous elections, the Supported Education Association (SEA) is endorsing candidates for the D97 Board of Education. These endorsements are the result of careful consideration of many characteristics and communications, but are primarily based on the candidates' responses to a variety of questions posed during a candidate's forum on Feb. 15. One candidate was interviewed at a later date, as he was unable to participate in the forum.
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.