High school board members to discuss education issues

Two members of the District 202 School Board, Mark Metz, a candidate for re-election on April 7, and Pat Savage-Williams, bring their combined eight years as incumbent members of the board to a public forum the two are sponsoring at the Evanston Public Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

“Even though I am currently running for re-election to the 202 Board, Pat and I believe our first responsibility is to receive input from community members and inform them about what we are doing at ETHS to assure a world-class education for all students,” said Metz.

“Mark and I believe this joint forum will be an opportunity for a frank, unfettered discussion of education issues at ETHS, the ways in which we are addressing them, and the challenges that lie ahead,” said Savage-Williams.

The unusual joint forum will begin with a short “state of the school" presentation by Metz and Savage-Williams, followed by an extended question and answer session.  The two say they anticipate a robust discussion about ETHS, examining the school’s strengths, work to be done, and public concerns.

Topics will include:

  • Expanding equity and excellence — how to get more students performing at high levels.
  • Collaboration with District 65 — a seamless educational experience.
  • School finances — threats to State funding.

Metz is the longest currently-serving member of the District 202 Board, serving since 2009.  Savage-Williams was elected in 2013.  Their joint event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the 1st floor public meeting room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue in Evanston.

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