When I was elected to the River Forest District 90 school board in 2017, my father, William Troyer Jr., an Oak Park resident since 1974, was very enthusiastic about it because it meant I would have the opportunity to serve with Ralph Martire, who was then in the middle of his second term.
“You will learn so much from Ralph,” my father said. My dad, a retired physician and hospital administrator who’d been an economics major in college, had several opportunities over the years to hear Ralph speak about the state pension crisis and education funding. He really admires Ralph’s professional work.
My dad was right. I have learned a lot from Ralph and D90 has benefitted immensely from his leadership. During Ralph’s tenure, D90 initiated the creation and implementation of plans to address its opportunity gap. This initiative includes regular review of the plans, professional development support, and strategies to effectively measure results. We have done this all while being very mindful of all community stakeholders and the considerable tax burden in our community.
The D90 board also pushed for and implemented more resident-friendly financial reporting and facilities status reporting. This means we now have reports that show us at a glance, like a dashboard, our financial outlook and the facility obligations we having coming up on the horizon. We have also committed to increased community engagement by holding four “town hall” format meetings each year. As a board, we have even won official recognition for these efforts.
Oak Park and River Forest voters, please support Ralph Martire for the D200 Board of Education. I know that if he gets the opportunity to serve D200, he will bring leadership and process improvement to help the district move in a more thoughtful, results-oriented and fiscally responsible direction.
Judy Troyer Deogracias
OPRF class of 1987
Proud River Forest resident since 2005