The Daily Herald released their endorsements in races in Park Ridge and Des Plaines including the race for Maine Township District 207 School Board recently. They endorsed Linda Coyle and cited her fiscal discipline and participation in the future of our schools.
Four seats are open for Maine Township High School District 207 and five candidates are running. Two are currently on the board -- board President Carla Owens and member Jin Lee, both of Park Ridge. The remaining three are Linda Coyle of Park Ridge, Dan Gott, of Des Plaines, and Aurora Austriaco, of Park Ridge.
Most have volunteered directly for District 207 or in other education organizations; all are interested in a greater emphasis on college and career counseling and continuing to bring up the student body's college test scores.
Jennifer Johnson of the Park Ridge Herald Advocate recently compiled a Q&A from all five candidates for Maine Township District 207 School Board. Below are Linda's answers. Looking for the full story with all the candidate's responses? Visit the Chicago Tribune Park Ridge section here.
Q: Why are you running for the District 207 school board?
Linda Coyle: I am running to bring a strong voice to District 207 to ensure that each and every student gets the highest quality education possible …. Our schools must continue to be innovative and forward-thinking, we must continue to cultivate strong teachers, and we must provide evolving curriculum to fit the needs of all students in the district. My goal is to ensure that our children are adequately prepared for the next stage after high school, which for the majority of them is college. The students at Maine South, Maine East and Maine West are incredibly diverse, and the board must take into consideration and embrace those differences in making District 207 the strongest learning environment.
If all prospective candidates end up on the spring 2017 ballot, Park Ridge voters can expect to see contested races for mayor, three city wards, two school boards, and the park district board.
Filing of nominating petitions for the April 4, 2017 election ended at 5 p.m. Monday. The time period to file a formal objection to nominating petitions — and seek to have candidates removed from the ballot — is now through Dec. 27, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
In the Park Ridge mayor's race, incumbent acting Mayor Marty Maloney and newcomer Lucas Fuksa have filed to run for the top City Council post. Fuksa, an attorney who, like Maloney, grew up in Park Ridge, filed his nominating petitions Monday.