Bradshaw, Tyle, Price for District 204 board
March 29, 2011 2:48PM
Indian Prairie School Board President Curt Bradshaw
Updated: November 2, 2011 9:43PM
With longtime Indian Prairie School District 204 board member Mark Metzger opting to retire from the board, there are only two incumbents out of the five candidates seeking the three seats up for election Tuesday.
The incumbents are Curt Bradshaw, who is seeking his third term, and Alka Tyle, seeking her second.
The challengers are Lori Price, Mark Rising and Tricia Tillotson.
Like its neighboring District 203, School District 204 does an excellent job educating its students while at the same time promoting financial stability.
In recent years, things have not necessarily been so rosy.
The board’s waffling over building a third high school and after it had finally decided that issue the problem with siting the school did not sit well with many district residents.
But that’s pretty much behind it now, and that controversial third school, Metea Valley High School, is open and serving students to the district’s high standards.
Curt Bradshaw, of Naperville, the board’s current president, is the executive director for product development and product line management for Invesco and, as such, is the only business person on the board.
He said he is running for re-election because he believes “District 204 can be the best in the state.” That’s an admirable goal, albeit probably a tad unrealistic. But shooting to make something the best it can be is always worth doing.
Alka Tyle, also a resident of Naperville, has served almost five years on the board, having initially been appointed to a vacancy and then winning a term in 2007.
She is a first-generation immigrant, first to Australia and then to the U.S., and says this has given her “a core value of living within one’s means.”
Having that core value is something we would wish for all elected officials, but sadly that is often not the case.
In a widely multicultural district, the importance of her overseas background cannot be underestimated.
Both Bradshaw and Tyle bring important life experiences to the board, with Tyle’s including an advanced degree in computer science, and we endorse their re-election bids.
The three challengers are Lori Price of Aurora, Mark Rising of Aurora and Tricia Tillotson of Naperville.
Price is the president of the Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA and a member of the Indian Prairie Parents’ Council.
Rising, the sales manager for a software company, is a Naperville Township Republican Organization precinct committeeman and ran unsuccessfully for the D204 board in 2009.
Tillotson is a recess supervisor and crossing guard at Kendall Elementary School. She is a member of the Kendall Elementary PTA and secretary of the Crone Middle School PTSA.
While Rising, like Bradshaw, would bring some business experience to the board, we think Price’s work with the Special Needs PTA is also valuable in that special needs youngsters constitute a significant part of the district’s students.
We think both Price and Rising have the capacity to be excellent board members. In interviews, both displayed good command of the issues, and either would be a credit to the board. It’s a tough choice, but Price is endorsed.