Lee has earned second term at OPRF

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I write to strongly endorse Ralph Lee's candidacy for re-election to the District 200 school board. His background, personal characteristics and accomplishments in his initial term all indicate that he merits an opportunity to serve on the board during the next four critical years.

Ralph has great breadth of experience as a policy maker on public interest boards, ranging from the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges to the United Way and Area Council for the Boy Scouts in St. Louis. He has an extensive résumé as an educator, including consulting with the government of India on science education and supervising the chief financial officers of community colleges. As the parent of three successful graduates, and a teacher of chemistry and physics for 16 years at OPRF, he has a deep store of knowledge and understanding of institutional norms and practice at the high school.

In my interactions with Ralph, he has exhibited courage in taking on difficult issues, the capacity to work creatively and cooperatively as a member of a team, personal modesty and humor. All of these will serve him and the community well as he continues his service on the board.

In his initial term Ralph championed fiscal restraint and rigorous scrutiny of expenditures as necessary measures of accountability to local taxpayers. He led the effort to make closing the achievement gap a high priority. As a policy maker he laid the groundwork for implementation of a comprehensive effort to improve reading skills. He has been deeply engaged in an effort to modify the school's discipline system to foster better student behavior and improve academic achievement.

Ralph Lee has earned the confidence and support of voters; he merits re-election to the OPRF High School board on April 5.

Eric Gershenson
Oak Park

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