To the Editor:
As a lifelong member of this community, I have never been compelled to write a letter to the editor until now. The candidacy of Mary Hess for the School District 428 board of education is the reason I am inspired to do so at this time.
I have had the pleasure of working with Mary in different capacities over the years, and I have observed a consistent competency that defines her quality. Her many years of advocacy for the youth of our area and participation in the services available to our youth will bring an expertise to our school district that is extremely valuable.
Mary is an advocate for high standards and expectations for all components of education, from students to administrators. Significant budget challenges will have to be addressed in the next few years, and holding the administration to high standards and accountable for their execution, will be essential if the district is to maximize what it can deliver to our students and community.
Mary has the ability and demeanor to make informed, objective and rational decisions when faced with the difficult issues that are a very real part of education in Illinois today.
As a champion for youth in our area, Mary is working toward improving the environments our youth are exposed to. Collaboration between organizations like the DeKalb County Youth Service Providers, which Mary chaired from 2010-12, and District 428, are essential to providing the best climate possible for our students in and out of school.
Enhanced curriculum, paired with enhanced environments, lead to maximized student achievement. Mary has the knowledge and experience to bolster those collaborations, so that all involved are more efficient and effective. This has to occur for our school district to perform at the highest level possible.
Mary and her family have been actively involved in this community since moving here 13 years ago. It is the right time for the District 428 communities to utilize the energy and talents that Mary has to offer. Please join me in supporting Mary Hess for the District 428 Board of Education in the upcoming election.