Now that the dust has settled with all election results in, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters in School District 103 – Stickney, Forest View, Lyons, McCook and Brookfield – for taking the time to vote on April 5.

I appreciate them voting into office incumbents David DeLeshe, Deanna Viti-Huxhold, and myself, Joanne Schaeffer, as well as newcomers, John Kiser of Forest View and Mitch Milenkovic of Stickney. This combination of the “old” and the “new” is perfect for the district – new perspectives and the old wisdom.

School District 103 looks forward to continued educational progress with a continued strict eye on finances. It is now time for all of us as board members and you as community members to work together to take on the state of Illinois legislators in an attempt to keep local control in our school district in order to keep politicians from messing up our schools the way they seem to mess up our state.

Joanne Schaeffer

Joanne Schaeffer is a member of the District 103 school board.