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Dist. 54 candidates seek support, hold meet & greet event

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:00 a.m. CST

There have been numerous changes in District 54 throughout the years.

One major development arose in 2005 with the closing of Collins Station.  The loss of taxable income for District 54 resulted in two groups of parents who rallied and formed the Braves Booster Club and Braves Music Boosters. These two groups of parents worked and fought hard and successfully saved our club and athletic programs and our music and choir programs.

In 2008, the onslaught of changes of school board members, school board presidents, and superintendents in District 54 left the community astonished. Soon after these changes transpired, District 54 began to lose many distinguished certified and non-certified personnel, starting with the early retirement of Mrs. Sheryl Dzuryak, a most competent and well respected Principal of Shabbona Middle School.

The very next year, her departure was followed with the swift exit of Principal Ms. Kim Payton and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Mrs. Julie Stevens, also two highly competent and well-loved employees of Shabbona Middle School.

In just a matter of seven months  – from February 2012 through August 2012 – 14 employees resigned from District 54.

We are very concerned about what is taking place in our district. We are concerned for all employees at all levels within District 54. We are concerned for our teachers and we are concerned about their working environment, as well.

Because of these concerns, we have chosen to become candidates in the April 9 election for the District 54 Board of Education.

We are also interested in hearing the concerns of our fellow community stakeholders of District 54; we look forward to working collaboratively with everyone involved in order to improve the situation.

Please join us at a Meet & Greet,  on Friday, March 8, at Chapin’s Restaurant on Liberty Street, starting at 4 p.m. We welcome the opportunity to visit informally with district residents and others who wish to take District 54 back to a time when our professional staff and teachers could perform their most important task – educating our schools’ children.

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