Experience, dedication and integrity are qualities which are essential in this transitional period for District 96. The replacement of two principals, a new superintendent, major capital improvements and ongoing contract negotiations mandate experienced leadership.

Mary Ellen Meindl, along with fellow board members Lisa Gaynor and Jennifer Leimberer, have devoted countless hours to improving District 96. Meindl has gained invaluable experience while navigating through the challenges facing District 96 in her last six months as president.

This is not the time to experiment with new leadership. There is a learning curve and relationship building inherent in any public office. Meindl, along with Gaynor and Leimberer, are bright people who fully dedicate themselves to educating our children while remaining fully accessible to parents.

With the departure of Nancy Jensen, Meindl will be the longest serving board member and the only board member who has served as president. Her experience in contract negotiations, administrative issues and curriculum oversight is absolutely essential during this period of transition.

We work with these candidates in other civic organizations and can attest to that their integrity is beyond reproach. It would be a mistake to change directions at this time and not support a slate of candidates who have proven their dedication to District 96.

Jerry and Michelle Marconi

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