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D15 April Election: 9 Candidates Vie for 4 Open Seats

Three incumbents are running again, and the fourth open seat will be Board President Tim Millar's, who is running for District 1 councilman. A number of hot-button issues have come to the surface over the last month.

Four seats will be open on the District 15 school board for the April 9 election, with nine candidates on the ballot.

There have been a number of polarizing issues that have popped up in the last couple of months in District 15. Issues that current and future board members will have to deal with.  

In mid-December, 2012, . 

Then, proposed schedule changes for District 15 students to accomodate more training and development time for teachers also met with frustration and concerns from parents earlier this month. 

A recent letter to the editor summed up at least one perspective on what parents are grappling with due to the potential early starts or late dismissals to allow for development time for teachers during the current school schedule. 

Among those running for the District 15 school board are incumbents Margaret (Peggy) Babcock and Richard L. Bokor, who were both elected in 2009.  

David Seiffert who was appointed to the seat vacated by former D15 board member Mark Bloom in 2011. 

Other candidates for the open seats are Matthew Lyons, Jennifer Zold, Donna Johnson, Ramnath Cidambi, Abdul Javid and James G. Ekeberg. 

Bucephalus January 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM
james, I have a simple question for you. Is it possible to disagree with your assessment of things, without somehow being lazy or a crook? Is it possible that there are people who disagree with your viewpoint who are also hard working, taxpaying, and unrelated to teachers?
LS January 11, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The address for the survey can be found below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LateStartEarlyRelease The address for the petition can be found below: http://www.change.org/petitions/ccsd15-school-board-listen-to-constituents-late-arrival-early-dismissal-schedule-enrichment-time-end-of-the-day-friday-no-lost-instruction-time
LS January 11, 2013 at 06:35 PM
The address for the survey can be found below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LateStartEarlyRelease The address for the petition can be found below: http://www.change.org/petitions/ccsd15-school-board-listen-to-constituents-late-arrival-early-dismissal-schedule-enrichment-time-end-of-the-day-friday-no-lost-instruction-time
Scott January 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM
The hired staff has the education experience; the BOE are elected officials from the public at large there to set policy. This is just like the Village Council; they hire experts in the various areas (public works, finance, etc) but the council is from the public.
Maryb January 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM
When Ekeberg was on the board before he approved the teachers contract from 2009 - 2012 which reduced the number of school days. He advanced the ill fated $27 mil bond deal in 2010 and his 2007 campaign, running with Bokor who lost, was heavily financed by education employee union PACs. He was thoroughly defeated in 2011 when he ran for reelection.

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