Incumbants sweep Glenbard Distirct 87 race
Glenbard Township High School District 87 incumbents appear to have swept the board and retain their seats against three newcomers.
With all 171 precincts unofficially reporting, Judith Weinstock led the way with 6,673 votes, followed by Jennifer Jendras with 6,194; Robert Friend with 5,856 and Richard Heim with 5,766.
Challengers Timothy Goodcase, Paul Chirchirillo and Bonniejean Hinde had 4,215, 4,270 and 4,165 votes, respectively.
In addition to the expected concerns about continuing to foster students' excellent achievement and maintaining the district's strong finances, candidates were concerned about preparing the students who don't lean toward a full four years of college.
For Weinstock, a retired Glenbard West High School English teacher from Glen Ellyn, this is her second term. She said she believes "teachers, not the board of education, should be the drivers in setting and creating curriculum for students," as they have the most familiarity with students' needs.
Jendras, an occupational safety and health specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA, was also elected to her second term. She was the only candidate in the race with a student in the district.
Board parliamentarian Robert Friend, of Lombard, was elected to his third consecutive term. He campaigned on the connections he has made with the community and lawmakers.
Heim, the current board president from unincorporated DuPage County near Glen Ellyn, was also elected to his third consecutive term. He campaigned on his work to enhance the strategic plan to implement a goal-based measurement of the district's performance,
The four high-school district serves students from Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Carol Stream and parts of unincorporated DuPage County.