Endorsements: Meskel, Northern, Parkinson for Grayslake Dist. 46
Grayslake Elementary District 46 has weathered some tough times in recent years, including a teacher strike, budget woes and questionable past financial calls. Though the board is on stronger footing, even while facing a budget deficit, it's time for an infusion of new blood -- and April's election will provide just that.
A slate of three newcomers is facing the only incumbent running for re-election, Sue Facklam, who touts her experience as one of the reasons voters should return her to the board. While her years in office are a strength and her passion for education clear, we cannot ignore the past. We were moved to call for her resignation in 2011 because she violated state election law by handing out $5 restaurant coupons to two people she registered to vote and insisted she did nothing wrong. Yes, a number of years have passed. But it's just another reason why we think the district needs a fresh start.
The three challengers offer that chance. And all three of those newcomers -- Tom Meskel, David A. Northern and Kathleen Parkinson -- bring an enthusiasm to the board that will be needed to address the economic uncertainty of the next few years. In addition, they have strong credentials of their own: Meskel is a retired educator who has served on the District 127 board as well as on District 46's foundation. Northern is the executive director of the Lake County Housing Authority, giving him valuable experience in seeking funding sources and administration. And Parkinson's background in academic assessment also will be an asset. Together, they make a strong team. Thus, we endorse Meskel, Northern and Parkinson.