Endorsements: Aranda, Daniels, Lange, Frangidakis for Addison Elementary School District 4 board

  • Upper from left, Rudy Aranda, John Daniels and Zack Frangidakis and lower from left, Jeremiah Lange and Taso Triantafillos are candidates for Addison School Board District 4.

    Upper from left, Rudy Aranda, John Daniels and Zack Frangidakis and lower from left, Jeremiah Lange and Taso Triantafillos are candidates for Addison School Board District 4.

 
The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Updated 3/14/2017 9:22 AM

Incumbents Rudy Aranda, John Daniels, Jeremiah Lange and Taso Triantafillos along with newcomer Zack Frangidakis are running to fill four 4-year-terms on the Addison Elementary School District 4 board.

Asked about main concerns this election, all five candidates mention the need for embracing technology and personalized learning initiatives as curricula continue to develop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Aranda elaborates on his vision to prepare students for jobs of the future such as mobile app programming. Frangidakis talks about being mindful of possible standardized testing changes. Daniels expresses concern for being proactive on initiatives with so-called one-to-one education through tablets or devices. Triantafillos emphasizes the benefit of reducing significant paper waste as schools in the district trend toward using devices. Lange refers to studies that are already happening in the district investigating the benefits of new technologies in the classroom.

Newcomer Frangidakis is a technology systems administrator in a local school district. This background is ideal for the decisions that are likely to be presented for the board in coming years with regard to one-to-one learning initiatives. Aranda is a supervisor in the auto collision repair industry. Daniels is a high school teacher. Lange is a business manager. Triantafillos is the founder and manager of a cybersecurity company.

Incumbent Triantafillos is an otherwise excellent candidate, but he also is on the ballot for a trustee seat at College of DuPage and says he would serve on both boards if he's elected. The Daily Herald has a long-standing concern about the potential effectiveness of candidates who serve on multiple elected boards. We endorse Aranda, Daniels, Lange, and Frangidakis.

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