As lifelong Oak Parkers and alums of our public schools, we are thankful that so many enthusiastic and talented residents have a desire to serve our OPRF community as members of the District 200 Board of Education. As we look ahead, our board will continue to face hard financial decisions along with our need to modernize our classrooms and facilities, so teaching and learning reaches and benefits every student. In our opinion, preparing every child for lifelong learning and future participation in our job economy ranks as the most important function of our community.

As you consider which candidates are best positioned to advance and accelerate momentum in the areas of teaching, learning, stewardship, academic achievement, and equity, please take a good look at Fred Arkin. Fred will bring an abundance of skills, expertise, and experience to the board table; however, his eye-to-eye volunteer experience with our students and families, through the Huskie Wrestling program since 1979, gives him a pipeline of authentic insight into what children and families need to engage and succeed at our public high school. 

Over the years, we have worked with Fred on various high school committees and it is clear that he embraces a holistic understanding of our students and families. Further, as a past board member (2015-2019), he has championed pragmatic, high-impact policies, such as hiring more minority faculty/staff, expanding student participation in honors/AP classes, and closing opportunity gaps for student participation in co-curricular activities. 

Like us, Fred views the advancement of equity to be a paramount, urgent matter and he possesses the insight and experience to advance and accelerate progress. Please join us in supporting Fred’s candidacy for D200 Board of Education.

Mary Jo & Stephen Schuler, OPRF class of ’80

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