Skiver: Incumbents haven't done enough

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Margaret Lattner Skiver

I politely disagree with the Journal's decision to endorse all the incumbents for the District 200 board. While I trust that the incumbents have worked hard during their tenure, they have not done enough for the students of Oak Park and River Forest High School. I believe that I have the passion and the forethought needed to bring change to OPRF. I am not afraid to stand for what I believe.

The low expectations of the "middle students" who study in the college prep track at OPRF are impairing many students. This is the largest student cohort and I believe that these students need extra support and a strengthened curriculum. As a former teacher, I know a great working relationship between the faculty, administration and the school board can empower teachers to push our middle students to exceed high expectations. Drugs and alcohol abuse, closing the campus, financial stewardship, salary negotiations and achievement gap are some of the challenges that are facing the school board. Being a strong and secure team member are essential attributes, which I possess, that will move the board forward.

District 200's school board's job is to represent the interests of the community and to build partnerships with teachers and administrators to help OPRF be the best it can be. My skills and experience can be of service to our villages and our school. I respectfully ask for your vote for District 200 school board on April 5.

Margaret Lattner Skiver is an Oak Park resident running for a spot on the District 200 board.

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