Walsh bids farewell to D97 board

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When I was elected to the District 97 School Board nearly four years ago, I felt honored to be given the opportunity to serve my community. Since that time, my respect for the individuals whose paths I have crossed?#34;our teachers, our principals, our superintendent, our custodians, our central office staff and administrators, our parents (many of them active in their own school communities), my fellow board members, and many others?#34;has increased exponentially with each passing year. Although we as persons are not without our flaws, for the most part we all manage to work and grow together and, most importantly of all, to remember that these effort are not about any of us as adults, but rather about the children whose developing minds we hold in our hands.

This job is never finished. When I had to decide whether to run for a second term on the board, however, I knew that I had to give others the opportunity to continue this work. My responsibilities as a parent have to take precedence at this time, plain and simple.

During my time on the board, I have tried to approach my decisions with an eye not to one or two individuals or schools, but rather to the district as a whole?#34;and by extension, the community that pays for the largest share of our operations each year. I urge those that will soon seek this honor to do the same.

I plan to stay active in the vibrant life of our village for the long term, and in the short term to remain fully engaged in my school board responsibilities?#34; especially in the ongoing and highly successful School Leadership Team effort at Holmes School and in the critically important hiring of a new superintendent?#34; prior to the April 5 election. Thank you.

Bob Walsh
Oak Park

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