I value public education and I am deeply committed to District 200. I have sponsored and contributed to the Jefferson playground equipment, the Monroe Eagle dinners, the Wheaton North drama program, and the Lowell art program. I am a volunteer at Jefferson Early Childhood Center and have donated supplies there. My son attended K-12 at Lowell, Edison, and Central, and my wife’s three children and two of her grandchildren are or will be District 200 graduates (one still at North).
The old Jefferson was, bluntly, awful. Originally built as a grade school early in the Eisenhower administration, it was used for helping preschoolers with various challenges get a head start with the goal of integrating to the general student population in kindergarten. But restrooms were not handicapped-accessible, privacy for diaper changes was inadequate, facilities were not sized for preschoolers, one-on-one space was a former janitor closet, and physically the building was in poor condition. As a private citizen, I urged approval of a new building and I was pleased when it got built. The resulting facility is a source of pride for the community.