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posted: 3/19/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsements: Spurling, Vyzral, McNally, Pierog for St. Charles Dist. 303 board

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Among the candidates for four seats on the St. Charles Unit District 303 school board are four incumbents and four challengers. The field includes a retired paralegal and Tea Party member, a hardware distributor, and two educators who have been active in their unions. Edward McNally, a science teacher at Proviso West High School, was prompted to run by what he calls a too-hasty conversion of Davis and Richmond elementary schools into grade-level centers. His children attend both schools. He is conversant on many issues and would be a good check to a board moving toward adding more tablet computers, noting that while technology can be good, kids can use it as a crutch. Jim Conro, who just retired as a math teacher at Burlington-Central High School, is earnest, but we feel his voice might be lost in the din. Board President Steve Spurling and members Mike Vyzral and Corinne Pierog, all one-term board members, deserve a second shot. Pierog, at least, concedes the Richmond-Davis issue was rushed. Incumbent Jim Gaffney is not endorsed because he is also running to retain his seat on the Fox River and Countryside Fire District board and intends to hold both elected posts. Richard Leidig and Tea Party member Nancy Muzzey also are running. Spurling, Vyzral, McNally and Pierog are endorsed.

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