As we head into the final trimester of the school year, we still have a lot to look forward to. On Monday, March 16, PREA, ELF and the District PTOs will be hosting a community forum highlighting the candidates who will be running for the District 64 School Board in the April 7 election. Please come out to the Roosevelt School Auditorium at 7:30 on Monday the 16th to meet the candidates. Thank you to PREA members Melissa Johnson and Christie Thielen who have done an outstanding job planning this year’s forum. And, Park Ridge residents, please don’t forget to vote (and remind your friends and neighbors to vote) in the April 7 election! Also, if you haven’t already, please make sure that Tom Nasshan has your personal email address so we can contact you with important information as the election draws closer.
From April 16th to the 18th, the PREA will be sending six members to the IEA Representative Assembly in Rosemont to make the decisions that will set the direction of IEA for the upcoming year. Thank you to Erin Breen, Jerry Mulvihill, Franny Keyes, Jane Everett, AnnaMarie Donato and Sally Civinelli for representing us at this important IEA event.
Finally, this spring, the PREA membership will be participating in multiple local elections. First, we will be choosing a new president and secretary to take over for Tom Nasshan and myself, as well as seven negotiators who will sit down with the Board next year to hammer out a new contract. We will also be choosing three members to represent us at the NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando at the end of June.
As you know, we are strong as an association because of all of you. As your colleagues step down from their positions, please consider stepping up and running to fill one of these important roles. If you have questions about any of the open positions, please feel free to contact your building representatives or myself. Please keep an eye out for information from Jody Baty, our election chairperson, on each of these elections.
It has been my pleasure to serve you these past five trimesters and I look forward to finishing my term on a high note these next few months. As always, thank you for your efforts in making PREA the organization that it is!
My best, Andy Duerkop