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Four hopefuls vie for Three Palos School District118 seats

 

     While elementary education in the Palos area today is far more sophisticated than it was in 1838 at the first local school (a lean-to attached to Melachan A. Powell’s log cabin near what today is 123rd Street and 100th Avenue), the desire to provide the best for boys and girls remains simple.

That desire is expressed this year by four local candidates vying for three seats on the Palos District 118 Board of Education, as election day approaches on Tuesday.

          All four are parents of children who currently attend district schools, or have in the past.

          Two of the four are incumbents: Nadine Antonini and MariJo Calacci are running as a team with newcomer Pamela Paris, although Paris has served in a number of positions with the district’s parent-faculty group.

          Michael C. Baker, of Palos Park, is running as an independent.

In his campaign biography, Baker said that his “business and teaching experience will bring new perspective and leadership to the board.

“As a global vice president of a large media research company, I lead the development and implementation of new methods and technologies across more than 100 countries,” he added. “My experience has equipped me with the ability to optimize resources and successfully negotiate in order to achieve desired outcomes. My experience teaching courses in economics and statistics at Roosevelt University has given me firsthand appreciation for the importance of teachers having the support and resources necessary to create effective learning environments.”

Baker said that if elected, he will place a “stronger emphasis” on ensuring that tax dollars spent by the district have a direct benefit to students. He used the recent building and grounds improvement at Palos East School, 7700 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, as an example.

“How much does this really improve education for the kids?” he asked, saying that he would look more closely at “return on investment” than the current board does.

          Paris is an Orland Park resident. According to her campaign biography, she served as a Parent Faculty Association president from 2010-12. Within the PFA, she served as chair for cardinal courier, hospitality committee and graduation committee. She also served on the PFA executive board as treasurer and president of the association.

She is an active member at Southbridge Church, serving as treasurer and on various boards and committees. Paris is also the former treasurer and board member of the Association of Women in the Metal Industriesand continues to volunteer for other non-profit organizations, according to her campaign biography.

Paris said she wants to “continue the good work that District 118 has done in the past. It has been recognized for excellence by a number of organizations, and I want to be a part of that.”

Calacci, an Orland Park resident, is finishing her first term on the board, which she serves as secretary.

According to her campaign biography, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant working as a national director for the KPMG accounting firm, KPMG.

On the district board, Calacci chairs the Safety and Crisis Management Committee and is vice chairperson of the Finance Committee. She was one of two board members chosen to sit on the board contract negotiation team and has negotiated the past two employment contracts with the teachers’ union, according to her biography.

Calacci also is a board member of the Palos 118 Educational Foundation and currently serves as its treasurer.

“I believe I would be a good choice because of my prior school board experience and financial background,” she told The Regional News. “I understand the legislative and financial issues faced by the board, and I’m well equipped to handle these issues. I’ve worked with these issues with local legislators.

She added that she wants “to continue the tradition of excellence of 118 by providing great opportunities for the students, a supportive environment for the staff, while maintaining financial stability for the district…which strengthens the property values of residents.”

Antonini, a lifelong Palos Heights resident, is a Realtor in the Southwest Suburbs with a “full appreciation to the number of families who move to our district specifically to attend one of our fine schools. Previous, she worked as a commercial insurance broker, as well as a teacher in Darien and Chicago.

She is finishing her second term on the board and pointed with pride to her role in “helping the district expand curriculum, technology, and buildings to their current outstanding levels, all while maintaining a balanced budget.

“I am proud of the fact that I am never afraid to ask the tough questions, and I don’t settle for second best for an answer,” she wrote in her biography. “I have worked with the board and community through the recent superintendent search, concluding in the hiring of Anthony Scarsella.

She has been a member of board of education committees.

“I founded the legislative committee in 2010 and have lobbied on behalf of Palos 118 students and taxpayers locally and in Springfield, most recently in February of 2015,” she added, saying that her experience with legislation and legislators makes her an asset to the board, especially with state threats to education funding.

The three schools of Palos School District 118, Palos East, West and South, have a combined enrollment of about 1,200. The district includes all of Palos Park, as well as parts of Palos Heights, Orland Park, Palos Hills, and Worth.

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