In December, the North Shore School District 112 (NSSD 112) Caucus voted to endorse the following candidates for election to the NSSD 112 School Board:
- Dan Jenks
- Art Kessler
- Brent Ross
Our District is extremely fortunate to have so many capable and qualified members of the community who have stepped forward to run for the NSSD 112 School Board.
The Caucus is committed to bringing representatives of the entire community together to identify candidates who are highly qualified to serve on the NSSD 112 School Board. We attempt to seek consensus among community members with a broad range of differing views.
The Caucus is a group of community volunteers composed of delegates representing each of District 112’s schools, including both parents of students and community members who do not have children in the District. There were 56 voting members of the Caucus drawn from across the District and representing a wide range of opinions and viewpoints. These volunteers met and worked together to identify qualified candidates for the NSSD 112 School Board in several meetings this fall. The Caucus is not affiliated with NSSD 112 or any political action groups.
Endorsement of a candidate required a vote of at least two-thirds of the delegates to the Caucus. The voting reflected the consensus, reached by a diverse group of stakeholders from across District 112, that the endorsed candidates are highly qualified to serve the interests of the community on the District 112 School Board over the next four years. Not receiving an endorsement should not be viewed as a criticism or comment on the qualifications of a candidate – the concurrence of two-thirds of the delegates is required for endorsement, reflecting the consensus of a diverse group of community members.
The goals of the Caucus are to:
- Exchange ideas and facilitate concerted action on matters of mutual educational and community interest;
- Obtain input from a cross-section of community members who reside throughout the geographic boundaries of the District and who reflect the District’s varied stakeholders; and
- Find, endorse, and support to the conclusion of the election, qualified candidates for the NSSD 112 School Board.
This year’s Caucus demonstrated that a diverse group of community members could work together, respecting their differences, to achieve consensus about the qualities needed to lead the District over the next four years.
In the interest of providing the information needed to make an informed decision, the Caucus is inviting all of the candidates for NSSD 112 School Board to a forum on March 12th and posting materials we used for consideration on our website www.d112caucus.org. Watch for more information about the forum. This year there will also be a number of other candidate forums.
Because the results of this year’s elections for NSSD 112 School Board are likely to have a significant impact on the future of the District, please take the time to learn about the full scope of the job of serving on the School Board and the candidates who seek election. Go to candidate forums, attend a coffee or two, read the candidates’ statements and ask yourself who is best qualified to serve the entire community. Consider who will work well with other Board members, administration, teachers, parents and other members of the community to lead NSSD 112 through a challenging period. We are fortunate to have so many smart, capable and committed candidates.
Please take the time to learn about the candidates. Your vote will make a difference in April.
The District 112 Caucus Board:
Andrea Wintroub, Chair
Daniel Struck, Secretary
Mandy Castle, Publicity Chair
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