Seven qualified candidates are running for four open spots on the Maine Township High School Dist. 207 Board of Education in next Tuesday’s election. Three are incumbents and four are newcomers. Incumbent Eric Leys is running unopposed for the only two-year spot.
It’s unfortunate that only four candidates will be elected. Through interviews and observation we came to the realization that any one of the seven would be an asset to the school district that represents the interests of families and students of Maine West, Maine East and Maine South high schools.
Of the seven contenders, we believe that incumbents Eldon Burk, Margaret McGrath and Carla Owen warrant reelection. Of the remaining four we feel Jin Lee and Mary Childers are the most qualified.
Burk, McGrath and Owen have performed well as school trustees, watching closely school spending and dealing appropriately with the hazing scandal that rocked Maine West.
Lee, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 13, is innovative, promotion-minded and someone who wants to stress respect and values in local schools.
We found an idea proposed by Childers---a graduate of Maine East---to establish an alumni relations program intriguing.