Endorsements: Johnson, Riter and Judith Buczkiewicz for Medinah Elementary District 11

This endorsement is a consensus opinion of the Daily Herald Editorial Board.

Six people are running for three seats on the Medinah Elementary District 11 school board.

Three are incumbents.

Elizabeth Riter, a real estate agent, is seeking her second 4-year term. She doesn't offer a grand vision for the district, but shows confidence and knowledge about its offerings and challenges. She says she'd like to see home economics back in schools.

Katarzyna Golaszewski, now working for her family's construction business, was appointed to fill a board seat only three months ago. She's concerned about funding for teachers and service to families.

Destini M. Best, seeking a third 4-year term, is the most senior incumbent, but the hotel company commercial strategist has not answered our questionnaire nor been able to participate in candidate forums, so it is more difficult for us and voters to evaluate her potential. She is now the board secretary and is on the governing board of the North DuPage Special Education Cooperative.

Among the newcomers, Jennifer Buczkiewicz is a teacher in another district seeking her first term who's attended meetings but not candidate forums; she gave us briefly stated ideas, such as "the reading program could undergo newer curriculum."

Judith Buczkiewicz, also a teacher in another district seeking her first term, has attended school board meetings but not forums, but she offers more thorough ideas, showing she understands a board must work with the administration, teachers and community.

And Amy B. Johnson, also a teacher in another district, comes impressively full of ideas and enthusiasm for the District 11 school board. She says her activities with the teachers union where she works have made her sensitive to challenges facing a school board member.

For the best mix of education background and board experience, we recommend incumbent Riter along with newcomers Johnson and Judith Buczkiewicz.

Judy Buczkiewicz
Amy B. Johnson
Elizabeth Riter
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