Letter - Greenspon brings knowledge, dedication to D86

Catherine “Cat” Greenspon and I have crossed paths many times while advocating for students and our schools. As a D181 parent, as well as having served the last 10 years on a D181 PTO Board (three as a co-president), I have witnessed Cat working tirelessly to support all students and the schools. I got to know Cat more at a “meet and greet” where she shared her platform: choice for all students, accountability that D86 invest in student growth and true spirit of partnership with our community. When Cat took questions, I was impressed by her depth of knowledge on all D86 topics. And having a D86 senior herself, she’s experienced years of change, from academics to graduation, special education to finance.

I’ve followed D86 closely, not only as an alum but as the mother of three in the district. Cat has attended meetings to advocate for students and witnessed years of changes that have not produced measurable positive results. She’s analyzed data that shows the decline of students meeting state standards since D86 rolled out new initiatives like de-tracking. We have students who need supports, others who need challenges and many in the middle — two levels alone cannot meet our students’ diverse needs.

I chose to raise a family in D86 because our community embraces our schools and that’s why Cat made D86 her home as well. I’m voting for Cat because she plans to make students’ growth and success in D86 the top priority. — Dawn Dabagia Wood, Hinsdale