When voters who live in Riverside School District 96 go to the polls on April 7, they can console themselves with this: The five people running for the three three-year terms and two people running for one two-year term are all top-notch candidates.

All of them are professional, thoughtful and dedicated. All understand the importance of providing an excellent education to students and value for taxpayers. But there are only so many spots open on the board.

For the three four-year terms, we are endorsing Juliet Boyd, Rich Regan and Shari Klyber. For the two-year term, we endorse Jeffrey Miller.

Since Boyd and Regan were appointed to the board last year, they’ve quickly taken on critical roles. Both are part of the board’s team negotiating a new teachers’ contract and both possess the experience — Boyd as an attorney and Regan as an executive who has negotiated many union contracts — and temperament to get that job done right.

Klyber’s background in education, especially in district’s current circumstances, is a plus in that the next board will be hiring a new superintendent and deciding how to replace its curriculum director — as well as continuing its efforts to implement the Common Core.

Her views on interdisciplinary learning and dedication to making sure D96 continues to provide robust arts instruction are also appealing.

For the two-year term, we feel Miller is an outstanding candidate. A scientist who is also well-versed in finances, Miller will bring an analytical perspective to the board and will be someone who will approach difficult decisions thoughtfully.

But we can’t say enough about the rest of the field, Robert McCormack, who is challenging for the two-year term, and Lynda Carey Murphy and Dan Hunt, who are running for four-year terms.

Any one of them would make a fine board member.

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