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For DuPage District 88: Kucik, Johnson, Turk, Lullo

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Daily Herald Editorial Board

Voters in DuPage High School District 88 will find a sea of names on the April 5 ballot as six candidates vie for four seats. With the district facing a number of pressing and difficult issues, selecting the best school board members is a challenge. The two incumbents, Sharon Kucik and board President Mark Johnson, offer a sense of continuity to the district as it contends with financial difficulties, approaches key contract negotiations and transitions to a new superintendent. Their experience will be crucial, and voters would do well to keep both on the board. Among the newcomers, Raymond Kielminski demonstrates the best -- and most realistic -- grasp of what the district faces. Unfortunately, he already sits on the Salt Creek Elementary District 48 board and intends to stay, and we cannot recommend that anyone hold positions on two elected boards. That leaves Timothy Gillen, Mark Turk and Lisa Lullo. Gillen, now retired, has time to offer and we'd like to see him in any number of volunteer roles, but we think the district would be better served with Turk and Lullo joining Johnson and Kucik.