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Letter - Akhras, Willoughby understand role of board member

Asma Akhras and Deborah Willoughby would be excellent members of the D86 Board of Education. Asma and Deborah understand the role of a board member. In contrast to the sensationalized image of members constantly engaging in... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Catton's business experience will benefit D86

I am writing to endorse Andrew Cotton for D86 school board member. His resume gives him the unique qualifications to represent Hinsdale families. As a business person with his budget experience and personnel and customer... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Akras, Gallo and Greenspon right choices for D86 board

In 2011 when I arrived in Hinsdale, I was struck by the strong sense of community endorsement of public education. As a certified educational planner and an independent educational consultantg who works with D86 teens, this was... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Airbnb rental homes really don't belong in Hinsdale

File this under things you never imagine happening next door. A person or investment group turning the unsold house next door into an unregulated hotel where up to four groups of people a week cycle through, leaving heaps of trash... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Greenspon will bring leadership, enthusiasm to D86

I wholeheartedly endorse Cat Greenspon for the D86 Board of Education. I have had the pleasure of working with Cat as part of the Hinsdale Central Music Parents Association for the past year and a half. In her role as president of... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Gallo, Greenspon have earned voter's support

As a resident of D86 for nearly three decades, I’ve seen lots of different school board elections. I know firsthand the challenges of running for elective office. One cannot ignore the huge impact that schools have on our... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Greenspon brings experience, integrity to D86

There are criteria I want to see in a D86 board candidate, which include experience, passion, focus, intelligence, time, energy and integrity. Catherine “Cat” Greenspon encompasses each requirement equally. Catherine works with... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Gallo will remedy changes to grading, curriculum

As a parent of elementary students, I am concerned about the un-piloted changes to grading and curriculum in D86 under the current administration. It may take years to get our high school back on track. This is why I support Kay... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Gallo, Greenspon, Catton will put D86 students first

Tuesday, April 4, ushers in an extremely important election for the board of education for Hinsdale Township High School District 86. This community cannot allow voter apathy (historically 15-17 percent turnout) to define this... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Greenspon creates opportunities for all students

I wholeheartedly support Catherine “Cat” Greenspon for D86 BOE. Although I just met Cat during COVID, it feels like we’re lifelong friends. Cat’s life exemplifies a passion for education. In her 20s, Cat created Computer... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Akras' background makes her clear choice for D86

After the upcoming April 4 election, the newly seated D86 school board will hire a new superintendent and assistant superintendent for the district. Hiring the most qualified top two administrators for our community’s high... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Akhras brings knowledge, thoughtfulness to D86

I have witnessed the integrity and thoughtfulness Asma Akhras brings to every discussion during the 18 years I have known her. Asma is the only candidate with expertise in education, which will be extremely helpful in guiding the... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Gallo, Greenspan will get D86 back on right track

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Kay Gallo and Catherine Greenspon, who are running for the District 86 school board. Our community is fortunate to have two such highly qualified, intelligent and effective... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Gallo will improve educational experience in D86

Kay Gallo would make an excellent addition to the D86 Board of Education. As a 38-year resident of Clarendon Hills, Kay has experience having served two terms on the D86 Board and one term for D60 elementary. Kay understands what... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Thanks to Red Devil Nation fans, families

On behalf of the Hinsdale Central Boys’ varsity basketball team, we send the Red Devil Nation community our sincerest gratitude. Thank you for attending the games, cheering us on and making this season so incredibly memorable... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Akhras has right credentials to serve on D86 board

I strongly support Asma Akhras for District 86 School Board. A 31-year Hinsdale resident, I’ve attended D86 school board meetings for over a year, educating myself about issues animating our community. The result of attendance an... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Firsthand look at police work yields high praise

I recently had the privilege of riding with Hinsdale police officers on an evening shift. I observed a high level of professionalism and supervisory competence. Officers displayed patience and restraint in difficult situations,... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - DuPage Policy Journal isn't a real newspaper

I wanted to raise attention to a disgraceful political piece of mail disguising itself as real news. This week my household received a copy of the DuPage Policy Journal. If the name seems vaguely familiar it’s because this was... — Updated 3/23/2023


Letter - Catton, Gallo, Greenspon will put D86 students first

I’ve had the good fortune to live in D86 for 26 years, with four children who have either graduated or are now enrolled in D86. I’m writing to ask my community to vote for Andrew Catton, Kay Gallo and Cat Greenspon for D86... — Updated 3/23/2023


Catton's views on equity are alarming, wrong for D86

Someone other than D86 candidate Andrew Catton purchased a website and used it to share a letter that Catton emailed to the board of education last year. Distasteful political tactics aside, the contents of that email are... — Updated 2/24/2023


Former D86 board member served with, supports Gallo

I am pleased to submit this endorsement letter in support of Kay Gallo for a seat on the District 86 Hinsdale Township High School Board to be elected in April. I recently served with her for two years — in 2015-17 — and came... — Updated 2/22/2023


Historical society grateful for Bohnen's contributions

The board of trustees and the members of the Hinsdale Historical Society mourn the loss of Penny Bohnen, a great friend of the society, who time and again brought her energy, connections, experience, joy and resolve to needs,... — Updated 2/15/2023


Asma Akhras deserves support in D86 school board race

Asma Akhras is a welcome breath of fresh air as a candidate for our District 86 high school board. She is uniquely qualified to foster a partnership between home and school as the mother of a current district student, an... — Updated 2/8/2023


Contract change illustrates need for new D86 board

Whose idea was it to absolve the D86 superintendent of responsibility for last year’s alleged lapses in loyalty and ethics? Superintendent employment terms are not set by the superintendent, HR or counsel to D86. These are set... — Updated 2/1/2023


Superintendent contract extension a 'shameful legacy'

The District 86 School Board presented a master class in abuse of power and obfuscation at its Jan. 26 meeting, when the majority bloc (Erik Held, Kathleen Hirsman, Cynthia Hanson and Terri Walker) voted, with only 48-hours... — Updated 2/1/2023


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