Thank you to everyone who helped get me elected to the Dist. 97 School Board.

The outpouring of support and passion for Dist. 97 education and our platform of accountability and excellence was energizing. The conversations at coffees reminded me over and over how much we care about our community and our schools. Our community members have ideas and energy to help our already fine schools aim higher. I so appreciate the time and energy people gave to communicate our platform and to share with me more ideas and perspectives.

Not only was the help and the support on the campaign so appreciated, but also all the support after being elected. I think a common feeling after being given the opportunity to serve one’s community is the concern of actually trying to accomplish what one believes is important. The amount of calls and notes that I have received since the election made me quickly realize again that we have a community that is dedicated to the schools, to our children, and to excellence. It is exciting to be able to serve a community with so much energy, will, and passion. Thank you so much for this opportunity to serve our community.

Please continue the incredible spirit of staying involved in and setting high expectations for your child’s and our community’s children’s education. Please continue to offer your perspectives and your ideas to our school leadership. Please continue to expect excellence from our school board, our school administration, our teachers, our children, our parents, and ourselves.

Julie Blankemeier
District 97 Board of Education

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