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posted: 3/17/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsements: Neumann, McMahon, Linck, McNeill in District 34

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There is no shortage of important issues facing the Antioch Elementary District 34 school board these days. Among the key needs are developing a plan to eliminate and replace the portable classrooms that have been in place for years because of a space crunch, continuing to expand the 21st Century Classroom project to improve technology and making curriculum improvements. Working in the board's favor is the district's stable financial picture. Eight candidates, including three incumbents, are seeking four 4-year terms in the April 9 election. We endorse incumbents Tamara Neumann and Diane McMahon. Both are thoughtful board members whose experience and input will be needed to address these issues. We also endorse newcomers Lori Linck and Mary Kay McNeill. Linck has valuable experience in information technology and as an active District 34 volunteer, including serving on the strategic planning committee. McNeill, a recently retired principal at two District 34 schools, will bring a working knowledge of school operations. She also has experience in public office as an Antioch Public Library Board trustee. Other candidates are incumbent Kristine Bolin and newcomers Mary Beth Hulting, Roy Bolin and Edward Walczak. Kristine Bolin, Roy Bolin and Walczak did not participate the endorsement interview, and Walczak did not file a candidate questionnaire.

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