Endorsements: Kotsinis, Roegner, Scott, Weir for Gurnee Dist. 56
Gurnee School District 56 has seen many recent successes. The district initiated an iPad program for all prekindergarten through eighth-grade students. The opening of Prairie Trail School and the demolition of flood-prone former Gurnee Grade School were highlights.
Now, four 4-year school board seats are up for election, and incumbents Becky Kotsinis, Tim Roegner, Helen Scott and Brian Weir face three able opponents Paul Charleston, Jon Holmberg and Lynn Schroetter.
Kotsinis plans to keep an eye on class size, making sure growth doesn't affect quality of instruction. She would like to see the district calendar align with those of the high school and park district.
Roegner vows to keep the work of the board focused on students and says there is no room for personal agendas. He would like to see an enhanced Spanish program.
Scott has 19 years of board experience and is familiar with district operations and staff. She states the district is doing an excellent job preparing students for high school and beyond. Weir is happy with the direction the district is moving. He is ready to continue working with the board to set vision and goals. He's had a hand in many district improvements.
Charleston states he has experience using technology in education and is ready to lend insight. He wants more emphasis on math and science.
Holmberg says parental involvement is critical and must have an influence on district decisions.
Schroetter said she makes decisions based on facts and data and sees a need for curriculum improvements in math and science. She is passionate about students and education and is ready to take a seat.
The challengers have compelling strengths, but the district also appears to be in good hands with its current leadership. The Daily Herald endorses Kotsinis, Roegner, Scott and Weir.