Let's keep D90 going strong

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By Rich Moore

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I am running for re-election to the River Forest District 90 school board because I want continue to add my expertise and passion for education as well as further our collective mission: "to inspire a love of learning and ensure educational excellence for every child." I am grateful to serve my community in this capacity and I am honored that my commitment and leadership have been acknowledged with endorsements by both the River Forest Community Caucus and Wednesday Journal in 2015 and this 2019 election.

My work over the past four years on the board demonstrates I am committed to our mission. We have made substantial physical improvements to all three of our schools in order to improve the learning environment for our children. D90 has done this without increasing the tax burden for our community members, and adherence to my fiduciary responsibilities is evident. 

Work toward improving curriculum and instruction — with more rigorous English language arts and mathematics instruction — correlates with continued growth in student achievement as measured by standardized and non-standardized assessments. By incorporating student-centered and problem-based learning in science, math and technology, students are mastering the most rigorous standards for learning while also seeing the relevance and real world application of their learning. 

As safety is our number one priority, D90 has worked with the village of River Forest to increase the safety of our students and the adults in and around our buildings. New and improved surveillance and communication systems, along with increased traffic controls are just some of the examples of this work. 

With concern for the physical safety of our children, we are also focused on improving our children's mental health and fostering a resiliency to stress that comes with growing up. Over the past 10 years, we have seen a rise in anxiety that, among other factors, is related to the advent and rise in the use of social media by our kids. By being proactive, District 90 has increased our focus on social and emotional learning through universal and targeted interventions by social workers, teachers, administrators, and our amazing PTOs. This issue can only be addressed by harnessing the strength of our entire community. I have worked, and will continue to seek, avenues to collaborate with other community organizations to serve this need. 

Our accomplishments and vision for improvements are strong and will continue to progress. I am confident our administrators, teachers, families and especially our students, will remain focused on being the best we can be. As a parent of three D90 students, a lifelong educator, and a member of this board, I am devoted to giving back to the community that has served me and my family so well. 

I ask for your continued support and your vote on April 2.

Go District 90 and Go Kids! 

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