Monday, April 8, 2013
Patch asked the question, and the eight District 86 Board of Education candidates provided their answers.
In its 2013 candidate questionnaire, Patch asked the eight candidates for Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education the following questions: Do you support the district’s ruling in favor of Hinsdale South staff on Victor Casini’s curriculum objection last year of the showing of American Beauty and Brokeback Mountain? Do such movies have a place in high school classrooms? Here, in alphabetical order, are the candidates' responses: Dennis Brennan: "The board acted correctly and courageously in supporting parental control of the curriculum. Mr. Casini and his running mates sought to substitute their judgment for the parents of each and every student in this elective class. As board members, we should not be interfering with…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The four candidates in attendance at Thursday night's candidate forum gave their answers.
What is the role of a board member? The four Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education candidates that attended Thursday night's candidate forum at Hinsdale Middle School gave their response in the video above. Edward Corcoran is the first speaker. He is followed, in order, by Kay Gallo, Roseanne Rosenthal and Dennis Brennan. Whose answer is best? Tell us in the comments. If you missed the forum, we live-blogged it. Check out Patch's real-time notes from Thursday night here.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
We kept readers updated in real time Thursday night on all the issues discussed at the candidate forum at Hinsdale Middle School.
Couldn't make Thursday night's school board candidate forum at Hinsdale Middle School? Don't fret; Patch has you covered. We utilized the Cover It Live blog above to report, discuss and ask questions about all of the things discussed by the five District 181 candidates and eight District 86 candidates in real time. For more info on the forum, click here.
The event sponsored by The Hinsdalean will take place at 7 p.m. at Hinsdale Middle School, and Patch will be live-blogging all night.
If you're undecided on which local school board candidates to vote for April 9, be at Hinsdale Middle School Thursday night. The eight candidates vying for seats on the District 86 Board of Education and the five candidates seeking spots on the District 181 Board of Education have been invited to participate in a candidate forum beginning at HMS at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Patch will be there live-blogging the whole thing. READ: Patch Hosting Live-Blog from D86, D181 Candidate Forum The forum is sponsored by The Hinsdalean. The five District 181 candidates vying for three open spots will be on the hot seat first, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The eight District 86 candidates vying for four open seats will be the focus from 8:10 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The following letter to the editor was sent to Patch by Darien resident Rich Brandeis.
Monday, April 1
I am most disturbed by a recent development in the campaign for Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education (Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central). In recent campaign fliers the slate that bills themselves as “Friends for District 86” boast of being supported by the mayor of Darien and the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. While I am a long-time Republican and voted for the current mayor of Darien, I have always strongly felt that party politics has absolutely no place in local school elections or governance. I am fearful of the impact this group of candidates might have on two excellent high schools if they bring their extreme partisan views into the board of education. One of the strengths of our schools …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The following letter to the editor was sent to Patch by Darien resident and former District 86 school board candidate Jennifer Babbington.
Sunday, March 31
People are already talking about the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 school board election, and asking how a new slate such as Claudia Manley, Victor Casini and Ed Corcoran plan to change District 86. Why introduce conservative values into our "non-partisan" high school board? Because we need to replace the current board and its in-fighting, overspending, and lack of basic project management. What is best for District 86 is a community-oriented board collaborating with students, parents, teachers and taxpayers, running the district efficiently and in a more transparent manner, serving the community better. A school's purpose is to provide curriculum and competent teaching staff so the school's customers—the students—achieve …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The following letter was sent to Patch by District 86 board candidate Roger Kempa.
Thursday, March 28
About one year ago, the District 86 board majority, including Dennis Brennan, Deirdre Gorgol, and Kay Gallo, chose to bypass the voting public, by issuing $18 million in bond debt. As a point of reference, the district had cash interest bearing reserves totaling $57.9 million as of June 30, 2011. Common sense questions were ignored: The following recommendations and my beliefs can only but help build a more positive trusting relationship with District 86’s taxpaying public: This conduct has to change. I respectfully ask for your vote on April 9. Roger J. Kempa Darien
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to Patch by Hinsdale resident Sue Pircon.
Tuesday, March 26
District 86 voters will once again be heading to the polls on April 9 and I strongly ask for your support for candidates Dennis Brennan, DeeDee Gorgol, Kay Gallo and Roseanne Rosenthal. Each brings an individual expertise to the board and will seek to continue balancing financial challenges while maintaining an excellent educational standard. They have a vested interest in the school, each having had children enrolled in District 86, and are committed to providing a curriculum that will challenge the students and provide the foundation for success in the future. They are also committed to ensuring a diverse offering of extracurricular activities while always looking at the district's finances and operating within a balanced budget. They…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Gorski withdrew from the April 9 election ballot Thursday, citing personal reasons. The field is now down to four candidates.
Martin Gorski, a candidate for the Community High School District 99 Board of Education, has withdrawn from the upcoming consolidated election. Gorski, a Darien resident, announced his departure from the District 99 school board race Thursday night, citing "personal reasons." "I have withdrawn for personal reasons and wish to thank those who have offered support over the last few months," Gorksi said in an email. "I continue to believe that the Illinois school system needs better financial monitoring and internal controls and plan on continuing my efforts to inform the local school boards and the general public about the potential problems in this area." Gorski's exit leaves the District 99 school board race with four remaining candidates…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Frank Flores, Jr. was terminated from the College of DuPage for a disorderly conduct incident; he claims the investigation was “cursory” and the charges “malicious and unsubstantiated.”
A candidate in the contested election for College of DuPage Board of Trustees was previously fired from the college’s aquatics department after multiple people alleged incidents of verbal and/or physical sexual harassment, the Daily Herald reports. According to the paper, Frank Flores Jr. was employed as a temporary assistant aquatics manager in fall 2010 until a female lifeguard reported verbal sexual harassment, a claim corroborated by another female student, and a male student who also alleged physical harassment. A patron filed a separate complaint that Flores had made comments to her like, “I want to taste you” and “I peed in the pool,” the paper said. No criminal charges were filed, but after an investigation, Flores was fired on …