Endorsements: Battle, Ruffolo, Bernardi for Barrington Dist. 220

  • Upper from left, Brian Battle and Alexandra Bernardi and lower from left ,  Joe Ruffolo and Angela Wilcox are candidates for Barrington Unit District 220 school board    in the 2015 election.

    Upper from left, Brian Battle and Alexandra Bernardi and lower from left , Joe Ruffolo and Angela Wilcox are candidates for Barrington Unit District 220 school board in the 2015 election.

 
The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Updated 3/16/2015 10:36 AM

Residents of the Barrington area are fortunate to live in one of the state's highest-performing and most-innovative school districts.

Among the myriad reasons for the success and reputation of Barrington Area Unit District 220 has been the talented, thoughtful and serious-minded citizens who've chosen to run for and serve on its board of education.

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This year is no exception, as four capable and qualified community residents are seeking three available board seats April 7.

Given the board's success in navigating the economic challenges of recent years without diminishing the quality of education District 220 provides, we strongly endorse incumbent board President Brian Battle and fellow incumbent Joseph Ruffolo for additional terms. Battle, a business consultant, is well-versed in school finance, understands the district's needs and proposes realistic solutions to its challenges. Ruffolo, a high school teacher in Northlake, prioritizes academics and his classroom experience is an asset to the board.

Newcomers Alexandra Bernardi and Angela Wilcox each offer compelling cases for their candidacies. Wilcox, an attorney, would bring legal knowledge to the board at a time when key issues affecting the future of the state's educational system are being decided in the courts. Bernardi has a commitment to innovative programs that reflect the changing landscape of education.

Both candidates are qualified and capable, but Bernardi earns a slight edge, and our endorsement, for her years of experience working with the district as president of a parent teacher organization and founder and president of the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council.

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