Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board members plan to interview ten candidates for the school board vacancy in a closed-door session Monday afternoon and then announce the appointment of the winning candidate at Monday night’s school board meeting.

The district administration says the residents who applied and will be interviewed for the position are Carolyn Castellini, Zaida Cintron, Jessica Clarke, Lisa Ditkowsky, Robert Eder, David Harpool, Karen Johnson, John Osterlund, Andrew Pigozzi and Mindy Wallis.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Please listen to what voters had to say
    Andrew Pigozzi had the closest number of votes in the last election; I hope the voters’ wishes are considered in this appointment. Mr. Pigozzi works in school planning, and has an insider’s view of the fiscal workings of school districts; I believe he would be an asset to the current school board.

    1. Yes, listen….
      Yes..I was just going to clarify that. Mr. Pigozzi works on school buildings, remodeling, updating them, etc. At the candidate forums during the campaign, more often than not, he responded to questions from the audience in a vague manner, indicating that he was not sure the issues raised were of any relevance to D65. In fact, he often opened his responses with “If that problem were to exist…” or “If that was something we had to be concerned about…” demonstrating lack of awareness of both the public’s commonly voiced concerns and of the operations of the district in general. People voted NO for Mr. Pigozzi. Differently than what happened with Dr. Murphy’s contract extension, this time at least, the School Board should listen to what the people they represent have said.

  2. Yes, the voters did speak…and they didn’t say his name
    Everyone should check the election results from last May. Mr. Pigozzi came in 4th out of 5 candidates in that race.

    The voters have spoken and they didn’t say his name. The Board should not be swayed to appoint someone merely because he came in 4th.

    The Board should focus on the merits of each candidate and make a decision based on the candidate’s merits.

    And to be clear, Mr. Pigozzi is involved in school construction. He is not an educator as may be assumed by reading the last post.

    1. 3 candidates were chosen, Pigozzi ranked next
      Mr. Pigozzi was ranked nearest to the winning candidates, of whom three were chosen as board members. As for his job, while it is true he is not an educator, he works with school districts to plan facilities – a job which entails working directly with school districts and their budgeting and payment processes, as well as being aware of how existing facilities are managed and maintained. In my opinion, we need a candidate who understands how educational institutions work within a budget, rather than a candidate who is going to position themselves as an educator, which is the Superintendent’s job. Mr. Pigozzi offers experience currently lacking on the D65 board.

  3. Do we really need another rubber stamp Board member?
    Yes, it’s unfortunate that Mr. Pigozzi was fourth. Is it possible that the voter’s did not speak his name because his comments made it appear that he would behave as just another “rubber stamp vote” for Superintendent Murphy? I know that his comments to that effect in this forum are why I did not vote for him. Both Mr. Eder and Mr. Pigozzi are good numbers people. If that is what the majority of the Board members want, then either would make a good choice. If the Board wants to replace Ms. Sheehan with someone who believes that our children need to he held to a higher standard of academic success and citizenship, then I hope that either Mindy Wallis or Karen Johnson will be appointed. Our children deserve more than a school system modeled on mediocrity.

  4. D65 Board Membership
    Most board members past and present are not educators by profession, which hasn’t proven a deficit.

    The diversity Evanstonians embrace should not be based on ethnicity alone, but also perspectives and abilities. In this case, an evolution and close reflection of d65’s entire student population.

    Hopefully the candidate selected will lend the d65 school board a fresh perspective that is expansive: One that is beneficial to the whole group dynamic. And one whose positioning is reasonable & purposeful. It will be a bonanza to add another whose energy and primary focus is directed at supporting ALL six thousand five hundred SD65 CHILDREN.

    1. District 65 and District 202 board members have created a mess
      I would say most members of the school boards have not be worth much – the proof is very clear – black achievement has not change at all. Hundreds of black students in both 65 and 202 are below grade level, As for the failing the white students, that is also clear many white families have just left.

      Soon the rest of the nation will know the mismanagement here – since it is going to be interesting the top fund high school in Illinois will be failing under no child left behind. I am certain that will get some national press.

      The other day – I met someone involved in CNC and they admitted to me – that there was plenty of blame to go around – I would start at the top the dozen of incompetent school board members we have had here for years!

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