Eileen Budde, center, with Alderpersons, Don Wilson and Melissa Wynne

 About 100 persons attended the kickoff party at Prairie Moon for Eileen Budde, one of six candidates for a position on the School District 65 Board. Ms. Budde and her husband Sean – a native Evanstonian – have three children in District 65. She has worked in banking for four years in New York and is an experienced math teacher. She is currently co-president of Nichols School PTA.

“In her very short time here in Evanston, Eileen has skyrocketed in her involvement – even by Evanston standards,” said Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne, who was Nichols PTA co-president with Ms. Budde last year. “She really inspired me with her skills as an organizer and an educator.”

Ms. Budde said she and her husband moved to Evanston because, “We knew our three daughters would have the kind of education we wanted for them. They would have teachers with high academic expectations and meet friends from diverse backgrounds.” She said she is running for School Board because she wants to ensure that current and future Evanston families can count on high quality education. She added, “The competition our children will face in college and in their careers is greater than ever, and I want our schools to prepare our children to meet these challenges.”

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...