Mary Ellen Meindl, candidate for re-election in the District 96 board race

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By Elections Event Editor

Courtesy Mary Ellen Meindl

Mary Ellen Meindl, current District 96 Board of Education President, is running for re-election. Elected in 2009 and appointed Board President in 2011, she has served on the Finance committee (2009-2011), Policy committee Chair (2011- ), the Board PTA/O liaison (2009- ), the Quest/Gifted committee (2013- ) and actively negotiated the 2009 and 2012 teacher's contract with raises tied to revenue. She lead the Board's efforts to hire a new Superintendent with the December, 2012 appointment of Dr. Sharma-Lewis, effective July 1, 2013. While working with a diverse board, her skills at bringing individuals together is completely the completion of the largest capital improvement project in 50 years, with 3 of the largest buildings completed the summer of 2012, on time, under budget without referendum.

Meindl and her husband Steve have lived in Riverside for over 14 years with three D96 graduates (Ames,Central and Hauser) and one currently attending Hauser Jr. High.

With a strong desire to make a difference in the community, she coached many Riverside Recreation teams, was a Central School PTO 1st Vice President (2007-2008),President (2008-2009) and Parliamentarian (2009-2010). She was the event coordinator for the Diane and Melissa Meindl Foundation(2001-2010) providing music scholarships to deserving Riverside Brookfield high school students and is a People Care volunteer (2008- ) driving elderly people to appointments. As a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor Of Arts degree, she worked as an Account Executive for a point of purchase display manufacturer until 2000. Meindl taught Dale Carnegie training, a leadership, communication and human relations course, for over 10 years.

District 96 is under tremendous transition with record high enrollment, changing demographics, new administrator leadership, 2013 summer capital projects and legislative initiatives with pension reform and teacher's evaluations. Meindl's focus, experience, proven dedication and leadership skills are important to continue to move this young board forward as they continue to serve the district students, stakeholders and staff.

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Posted: February 28th, 2013 8:45 AM

If attending board meetings was a criterion for running we'd have a board made up of D-96 teachers. I believe they are also paid and coerced to attend. I don't often attend because it is the job of our elected representatives. Unfortunately they do not often represent our views.

No vote for you!  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 11:34 PM

I was a huge supporter of Jennifer Leimberer and Mary Stimming. I believed them when they said they were going to be different from the YES men and women serving on the board. How disappointed I was when I learned that they became what they had run against. Sorry, Jen, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice--no vote for you. Ya fooled me twice. Mary Ellen, you look like a character on Saturday Night Live. How disappointing you turned out to be. Sorry, no vote for you And no respect either.

not my vote from north riverside  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 7:25 PM

Sorry this time around you don't have my vote. And yes it has to do with the lieggi issue and yes im a one issue voter. Your handling of this issue lacked leadership and truth. That matters to ME! Also mary stimming told me to vote for her and jennifer. She told me they were both going to control $$ and lamberson. Lamberson runs the board he is the one in charge so I guess that didn't work. Well they were both a big disappointment so Jennifer you can also forget my vote.

To: Fund Manager  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 6:00 PM

They don't need no stinking budget. They got all that Dr. Bonnette and Dr. "tax to the max" Lambo money.

Fund Manager?  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 5:58 PM

If you say so- "under budget without referendum", but you levied the full referendum amount passed in prior years and borrowed an additional $10 million. You held $43 million of our cash and invested it at of 1% while paying interest 6x that amount. Please explain your arbitrage strategy; seems upside down to me.

Got a minute?  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 3:54 PM

Under budget?

Carnegie & Remodeling  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 3:20 PM

To Cancel  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 1:47 PM

Raises tied to revenue is the way to go; look around at neighboring Districts. Most of them want what Districts 96 and 95 already have in terms of how raises are established.

Cancel the automatic raises  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 1:17 PM

Teacher raises tied to revenue, should that be raises tied to student results? Test scores, something?

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