It is very clear that parents and residents of Deerfield desire to have their voices heard and be part of the process more than ever. A full 1/3 of the caucus is brand new, joining another 1/3 that is returning for their second term. And that is on the heels of one of the largest voter turnouts in recent years.
To this end, the Caucus plays a key role in maintaining the quality of our K–8 schools. As a community-based organization, it reflects who we are in Deerfield—be it parents with children currently in the district’s elementary or middle schools, those with children in high school, college, or beyond, or residents who simply have an abiding interest in K-8 education. No matter our backgrounds, we all serve together, and our individual experiences coalesce into immensely informative, enriching, and passionate conversations across the 15-month Caucus process. The respect caucus members have always shown each other, despite varying views, is a great example of how civic discourse should be.
The D109 School Board Caucus is non-partisan. And collectively, we do not take a stand on any one issue. We seek a balance of ALL stakeholders in the community. That being said, Caucus members are not asked to put their own personal feelings aside but are asked to keep an open mind and treat everyone’s opinions with respect. These principles are the bedrock of the caucus, and why I am so proud to be part of it.
On the personal front, my wife Randi and I moved here in early 2010. We have two children, one at Caruso and one who entered DHS this year. My father was a teacher, principal, and educational consultant, so growing up and well into adulthood, engagement in our schools and the district were always priorities for our family.
I look forward to participating in the upcoming 2022–23 Caucus and appreciate the trust our members have placed in me to chair it. Our work undergirds one of our community’s greatest assets, our public K–8 schools, and all our members are excited to get to work and help identify the best possible school board candidates to serve our unique and special community.
Caucus Chair, 2022-2023