With all of the issues either in front of or on the horizon in River Forest’s District 90 elementary schools, the school board election scheduled for April is certain to be consequential.

The Community Caucus has now announced the three candidates it has slated for election and that it had declined to endorse one incumbent.

The next school board will oversee the continued implementation of Common Core, a new battery of standardized tests that are on the horizon. And then there’s the Roosevelt Middle School exterior project that is still winding its way through the village government’s approval process.

Just four people applied for potential slating by the Community Caucus, which for years has interviewed and chosen candidates to run, this year for the three seats that are open. And it is uncertain at this point if any others will run independently of the slating process.

Is it a surprise that so few stepped up? One of the co-chairs of this year’s Caucus, Laura Maychruk, wasn’t surprised.

“I’m surprised we got as many as we did,” she said. “There are a lot of hard issues, and this is not an easy position.”

In the end, Ralph Martire was tapped by the 19 voting members of the Caucus to run for another term; newcomers Richard Moore and Linda Holliday also were picked by the Caucus when it made its choices in mid-November. All three either have had or have children in District 90 schools.

Martire is the executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a bipartisan think tank promoting long-term policy reforms in the areas of education, social services, healthcare and workforce/economic development.

Moore is working toward a doctorate in teacher leadership at Concordia University and has completed doctoral coursework in Policy Studies in Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Holliday retired as head assistant attorney for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and now is a small business owner.

One incumbent, Liz Fischer, was not selected. Fischer told Wednesday Journal she is exploring all of her options.

“I won’t say I was disappointed,” Fischer said when asked about not being selected. “It’s been a lot of work. I think we’re in great shape with the people they picked, and I’m very proud of my service.”

James Weiss has decided not to seek a third term. He had been slated by the Caucus twice, but is barred from seeking another term under the Caucus structure, and Weiss said he did not want to seek election as an independent.

It is uncertain if anyone else will file as a candidate for a four-year term. People interested in running can still do so. Petitions must be signed by at least 50 qualified voters, or 10 percent of the voters, whichever is less, residing within the district.

Candidates for the school board must be 18 years of age and have lived in River Forest for at least one year.

Prospective candidates must file their nominating petitions from Dec. 15 to Dec 22 at the Cook County Clerk’s Office downtown.

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