LANSING | At least two of four Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 School Board incumbents say they are planning to seek a return to office in April.
School Board President David Lopez and board Secretary Solomon Davis told The Times following the Dec. 10 board meeting they intend to run for another term. The board will have four positions available that have four-year terms.
Board member Dirk Faber said he is uncertain if he will seek re-election. Attempts to reach board member Kenneth Lynch were unsuccessful.
During the board meeting, Interim Superintendent Barbara West announced candidate filing dates for the April 9 consolidated election. Monday was the first day candidates could submit their nominating petitions. As of Thursday afternoon, Lopez and Davis have filed their petitions, according to the school district.
Dec. 26 is the final day candidates may file papers to have their names placed on the election ballot. The district office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26.
School Board candidates must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter, and must have lived in the school district for at least one year.
Davis is the board’s newest member and this will be his first election. He was appointed in August 2011 to fill the opening left by former member Rita Oberman, who was elected last year to the Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 School Board.
In other matters, the board adopted a $6.15 million tax levy for 2013. Business Manager Mark Crotty said the levy request reflects the amount needed to cover the cost of doing school district business including higher costs such as utilities and vendor contracts. A levy increase also is needed, he said, because the district is receiving less state and federal grant money, fewer state aid dollars, and declining property tax collections.
Nathan Hale Elementary School Principal Cynthia Castaneda said the school is using a positive reward incentive for students to comply with the district’s mandatory dress code policy.
District 171 students are required to come to school dressed in solid-colored red, white, light blue or navy blue collared shirts and tops and solid-colored navy blue, black or khaki pants, jumpers and skirts.
Nathan Hale School this year began holding raffle drawings to determine student eligibility to participate in a catered lunch, planned monthly, for those who follow the dress code requirement. The raffle is used to determine which students from each grade level will attend the special lunch, which includes a cloth-covered table setting complete with dishes and artificial candles in the school lunchroom, Castaneda said.
She said the lunch is generating positive results among students who want the chance to attend.