Welcome back and happy new year! As you know, the terms of school board members Tony Borrelli, John Heyde, Dan Collins and Bob Johnson will be ending at the end of this school year. Accordingly, in April, community members will be voting for four new school board members. John Heyde and Dan Collins have decided not to run again after serving for eight and four years respectively. Dr. Borrelli will be running again for a four year term and Bob Johnson (who filled Terry Cameron’s vacancy) is running unopposed for the two-year term. Additionally, thanks in part to some great recruiting work by PREA member Tony Belmonte, there are four additional candidate who successfully petitioned to be placed on the ballot. They are Park Ridge residents Kristin Gruss, Greg Bublitz, Tom Sotos and Mark Eggemann.
This spring, PREA hopes to run another board candidate forum, as we did two years ago, so community members have an opportunity to meet each of the candidates. If you are interested in participating in the planning of this forum, please contact Tony Belmonte or myself. With over half of the current board positions to be determined, this will, obviously, be a very important election to the people of Park Ridge as well as the staff of the District. As more information on the election becomes available, it will be shared through the PREA website and your building representatives.
Finally, thank you to all the PREA members who have become involved this year in making our district a better place to learn and work. These include members of the PERA Joint Committee, the Evaluation Commitete, and the Public Outreach, Professional Growth and Board Election committees. Also, thanks to everyone who has worked this year as a building rep, a committee chair or as a representative of PREA at the State level. This includes members Jerry Mulvihill, Franny Keyes, Jane Everett, Annamarie Donato, Sally Civinelli, Maureen Lones and Lill Ludkowski who were recently elected to either attend the IEA RA or serve as an alternate. PREA is the organization that it is today because of all of those members who serve in these and other capacities. Thank you for your service.
My best, Andy Duerkop