Monday, April 8, 2013
Reader touts Julie Starkman Gordon
Dear Editor, District 113 is going through a critical time right now, and a change in our school board leadership in April can help ensure that our district continues on a path that balances educational excellence with sensible resource management. No one is more qualified to take on this role than Julie Starkman Gordon. As an involved and caring parent, an experienced and passionate volunteer for Junior Achievement USA, and a business professional who is uniquely positioned to understand the ins and outs of the district budget and pension issues, there is no better candidate to take on the careful stewardship of our high schools. I have known Ms. Gordon for many years, and this community can count on her for sound judgment, clear-headed…
Deerfield High School students produce videos showing why they think campus needs renovations.
Update 4/9 at 12:30 p.m.: Education First issued a statement today saying that there is "no affiliation between Education First and Americans for Prosperity." From Education First Communications Director Peter Lucas: This past Sunday, Joe Hahn offered his help to distribute literature on behalf of Education First as his parents still live in District 113. No other members of Americans for Prosperity participated in this effort. The other dozen people Mr. Hahn referred to are all Education First members that have no affiliation with Americans for Prosperity. In speaking with The Patch, Mr. Hahn took it upon himself to suggest that he recruited other members of Americans for Prosperity, when that it is not the case. His remarks to The Patch …
Reader lays out the reasons he supports the $89 million renovation program for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools.
Why I support the Referendum (as simply as I can state it) Our High School facilities are antiquated. They do not measure up to current standards, falling far behind those of every high school in the Northern Suburbs. Niles West & North, the Glenbrooks, Stevenson, Lake Forest, Gurnee schools, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, – all have facilities that have been upgraded numerous times while our schools have been mired, not only in the last century – but the middle of the last century , and in the case of the B and C buildings at Highland Park High School, the early 20th century. Our teachers and students shine despite incredibly inferior facilities. That shouldn’t be ok in our community. Unlike most of the Ed. 1st leadership, I have …
There are five candidates running for four seats on the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 School Board.
There are five candidates running for three seats on the Deerfield Village Board.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The $89 million bond referendum that has been proposed by the Highland Park and Deerfield high school district has kept Patch readers commenting and blogging for months. On Tuesday, voters decide what happens.
Over the last week proponents and foes of the $89 million referendum to renovate Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools have had no shortage of controversy in their efforts to persuade voters. Opponents have accused Township High School District 113 of pressuring students to support the ballot measure and one person even mentioned outside interests financing the effect to defeat the referendum. This is the latest since the Township High School District 113 Board of Education voted Jan. 14 to place an $89 million referendum on the April 9 ballot to help fund a $114 million renovation of the two campuses. Before the Board made its decision, citizens were engaged with numerous meetings and six different committees involving members of the …
Here are the candidates for the local races on the April 9 ballot.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Caucus Chair: Voting for District 109 Board of Education Board Members: Why It Matters.
Saturday, April 6
Do you think it matters who gets elected to a 109 Board of Education seat in April 9? Just imagine this: It’s 2016, and you wake up to the headline “Four DPS 109 Schools on Academic Probation; District Finances Zapped.” So yes, the names that you check off for the four open seats on the District 109 Board on April 9 are critical. This is why I urge you to vote for Sari Montgomery, Katie Bittner, Ron Worth, and Scott Kluge on Tuesday, April 9. Of the eight candidates, vetted and interviewed over a two-day period, the Deerfield Public Schools 109 Caucus, composed of 19 community members, voted to endorse these four. A lawyer, teacher, entrepreneur, and strategist, these four outstanding candidates share many of the values of our community …
Early voting closes at 2 p.m. Saturday with election Tuesday.
Deerfield voters will choose members of the Village Board of Trustees, the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education and West Deerfield Township officials during thye municipal contests Tuesday. Early voting ends at 2 p.m. today and the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Take a look at some of Patch’s election coverage to help you make an informed decision about your elected officials. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more and then "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Read why activist and Patch blogger Sam Shapiro opposes the $89 million referendum.