Daily Herald Editorial Board
Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 is one of the strongest school systems in the suburbs, as test scores, graduate achievement in high school and other indicators consistently show. It is blessed with involved parents, talented students, dedicated teachers, visionary administrators, all overseen by an able and committed school board that understands its role. Four candidates are running for three seats on that board, and each is capable and qualified. Voters couldn't go wrong with any of them. But we recommend attorney Scott Linn and incumbents Steven Lefar and Ellyn Ross. Each has a balanced view of the school board's responsibility to promote quality education while simultaneously guarding the taxpayer's wallets. Linn has been active with the district, serving on both its technology and planning committees, and in the community in general. Lefar may come on a bit strong at times but his understanding of school issues is unmatched as is his devotion to the district. Ross offers special expertise and interest in high school articulation. The three offer District 102 the best blend of talents to continue its tradition of progress. A fourth candidate, Alan Rubenstein, also seems qualified and we encourage him to stay involved with the school district even if he's not elected.