Endorsements: Gericke, Yang Rohr and Fox for Naperville Unit Dist. 203 school board
By all accounts -- incumbents and challengers alike -- Naperville Unit District 203 is a well-run district with a high-functioning, consensus-building board.
So it's not a surprise that those who seek the three 4-year board seats up for election on April 2 all bring valued life and work experiences that could be beneficial to the district.
Two incumbents want to continue their service to the district, and we agree they should be given the chance.
Kristine M. Gericke, 46, is completing her first two-year term. A proofreader, she has two children at Naperville North. She believes school safety and ensuring the mental and emotional well-being of students and staff are top issues for the district, which has seen several students take their own lives in recent years. "We can't just focus on the academics because these other things will play into their academics," she says.
Janet Yang Rohr, 38, and director of Global Data at Morningstar Inc., was appointed to the board in 2017, Given her finance-related job, she is looked to as one of the board's experts in finance and budgetary issues.
For the third slot, it's a tough choice. Voters will select from among Char Lynette Dalton, a 39-year-old corporate attorney; Cecilia Fox, 38, a project manager for a legal consulting firm and former prosecutor and public defender; Joseph Kozminski, 41, a physics professor at Lewis University; and Becky Rudolph, a 55-year-old patent agent.
We endorse Fox, who would bring a diverse perspective to the board, forged from a difficult life growing up in an at-risk family and as a Cuban immigrant's daughter who now has a son and a daughter of her own in the district, including one who is hearing impaired.