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posted: 3/14/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsements: Brown, McConnell, Shaw, Warren for District 95 school board

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Lake Zurich Unit District 95 trustees and administrators have done quite a bit in recent years to put the school district on sound footing. The budget's in the black, a 2012 contract with teachers has more than two years to go with raises averaging 2 percent a year, and there's headway in the effort to repair and renovate aging schools. That track record warrants returning three incumbents to the board in the April 9 election. They are Kathy Brown, a teacher who previously worked as a lawyer and has been on the District 95 board since 2005; Scott McConnell, a managing director of technology at Allstate appointed to the board last year; and Lisa Warren, an energetic volunteer on District 95's Educational Foundation and on several PTOs who was appointed to the board last year. Voters also will fill a fourth board seat on April 9 and are fortunate to have a choice among three involved and well-informed candidates, Russell Cerqua, Eileen Maloney and John Shaw. Shaw stands out for his commitment to District 95 through service on two redistricting committees and three separate advisory committees on facilities, Seth Paine School principal selection and superintendent selection. An Ela Area Library trustee, Shaw is not seeking re-election for a term that expires in May. We endorse Brown, McConnell, Shaw and Warren for Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board.

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