Endorsements: Collins, Torossy and Henrichs for Wauconda District 118 school board
Four candidates are running for three seats in the Wauconda Unit District 118 school board race.
Incumbents Robert Collins and Vincent Torossy are facing challengers Cynthia Henrichs and Ryan Berka for a 4-year seat.
Collins and Torossy, who were both elected to the board four years ago, clearly show knowledge of how the board works and how to work together with this current group. They want what is best for all students in the district and show unwavering support for teachers, staff and administration.
Collins, a Hawthorn District 73 administrator, has two children in District 118. He knows what makes a good board member, and his experience shows when discussing topics like the strategic plan, curriculum and full-day kindergarten, which he advocates for. His background in school administration certainly helps here, and we like that he wants to ensure that all stakeholders are heard via community roundtables and better communication overall.
Torossy, a project manager at a local carpentry business, says he is running to finish what he's started on the board. And we can see why. His passion for projects is impressive, and he specifically mentions the district's college and career readiness program and civic involvement for students. As a product of District 118, he is passionate about keeping the district the best it can be for students, staff and the community.
Henrichs is a teacher in Mundelein District 120 and has impressive ideas for improving the district. Her experience as an educator makes her a wonderful choice for the board. Her children attend District 118, and equity in the schools is a top issue for her. As a Hispanic woman, she hopes to be a voice for minorities in the district, and she wants to keep Wauconda schools as competitive as possible. Henrichs also wants to develop a mentorship program, where students would help new kindergarten, middle school and high school students make easier transitions. We see her fitting in well with the current board and bringing a lot to the table.
Berka didn't participate in our interview, but voters have three solid choices for this board. Collins, Torossy and Henrichs show enthusiasm and commitment to making District 118 the best it can be. All three are endorsed.