Endorsements: Kastler, Patel, Walker, Yaffe for Diamond Lake Dist. 76
Six candidates are on the ballot for four 4-year seats on the Diamond Lake School District 76 board this spring. Those elected will face a host of challenges, including the search for a new superintendent, improvements to aging facilities and overseeing the "1:1 technology" initiative.
Incumbents Michael Kastler, Haresh V. Patel, Brian Walker and Lisa Yaffe face two strong challengers, Joy Hail and Philip Sultan on April 7.
Kastler promotes use of technology, but keeping a solid curriculum is his top priority.
Patel says educational achievement is very important and would like to see students engaged through after-school and summer activities.
Walker says communication in the district has improved, but there is room to grow. He is opposed to a building-improvement referendum.
Yaffe tends to think long-term and wants to find the best way to use technology. She is also against a building referendum.
Hail says communication is key across the district, and she has important experience on the PTO.
Sultan is ready to look at all options for building improvements and would like to see a more focused plan on the software and curriculum for the 1:1 initiative.
For all the strengths of the challengers, the four incumbents have the momentum going to successfully address all that lies ahead in the district. And they show the insight and energy to lead effectively. The Daily Herald endorses Kastler, Patel, Walker and Yaffe.