Building on success, looking to the future

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By Kathleen Avalos

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am running for the District 90 school board because I'm excited about the great things going on in our schools and want to contribute in a more meaningful way as we look to prepare our kids for their future rather than our past. We have excellent schools that draw people to our community, but if we do not evolve and change with the times, then other communities and schools will pass us by. We must build on our success and look to the future.

I was endorsed by the D90 Community Caucus as the most qualified candidate for the two-year term. My priorities are:

Continuing fiscal responsibility and working for creative solutions

Modernizing education through the adoption of rigorous curriculum and well-regarded teaching strategies 

Enhancing D90 communication and engagement through technology

Focusing on social emotional learning and addressing the issues related to anxiety and depression facing students

I have the experience and knowledge needed to serve on the board. For the past four years, I have been the PTO board liaison. I attended meetings on a regular basis and witnessed firsthand the research and decision-making process that got us where we are today. I understand how the district is looking to best prepare our kids for the modern world, while instilling a love of learning and ensuring educational excellence for all kids by increasing engagement and bringing joy to learning.

I bring a fresh and valuable perspective. I am the mother of three kids with very different academic needs. My seventh-grade son has learning disabilities and receives special education services. My fourth-grade daughter is a high-achieving student and my second-grade daughter is a creative hands-on learner. This means I understand the experiences of a variety of students in our district and the families that support them.

In addition to volunteering in our schools, I have worked for the Community of Congregations for the last seven years. We are a local interfaith organization that oversees the Holiday Food and Gift Basket program and the Celebrating Seniors Coalition. I have experience in our schools and work within our community. This means I can consider a broad range of interests as a board member.

I chose to run for the two-year term to offer an alternative and give voters a choice. Many current and past board members are supporting me. Many current and past PTO presidents and parents who are active in our schools are supporting me. It is because I'm the most qualified candidate for the position and I'm willing to ask questions, listen to the answers, and look for solutions.

I have the experience needed to do the job, bring a new and valuable perspective, and am willing to ask questions and offer new ideas. River Forest has great schools and is a community that people want to move to and raise their families. I am committed to keeping it that way through well-researched positive changes. 

I hope you will vote for me on April 2.

Kathleen Avalos is running for a two-year term on the District 90 school board.

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