Editor:

It is with mixed feelings that I prepare to leave Evanston –Skokie School District 65.

I have learned so much about the time, energy and effort that goes into educating students. I would like to thank the voters for entrusting me with the education and the young lives of our children. It has been an honor and a privilege. I want to thank the principals and the teachers for their dedication and willingness to do whatever is needed for the children of Evanston and Skokie. I want to thank the Administrative staff for their innovation, their constant and continual efforts to maintain the district as one of excellence. An extra special thank you to Pat Markham, our Board Secretary for all her assistance and kindness. To Dr. Hardy Ray Murphy, Superintendent, I thank you for a job well done and for your team.  I thank you for your vision and your unrelenting commitment to and for a high quality education for all students. Thank you also Dr. Murphy for your ability and desire to work with board members, knowledgeable and unknowledgeable, supportive and unsupportive to keep the district moving forward.

I salute your 12 years of service to this community. 

Four years have come and gone and the issues and accomplishments for this board are too numerous to list. I can emphatically say that our board has been very productive and there is much we can be proud of. The accomplishments have not come without hard work, challenges, some sadness and yes, some frustrations. I have worked with outstanding board members and know that I am leaving the board in good hands. As we quickly approach the April 5th election, I want to endorse my fellow board members for re-election, Board President. Keith Terry and Finance Chairman Katie Bailey. They have both worked tirelessly on many committees and will remain focused and continue the work that needs to be done. In closing, I would like to encourage citizens to get involved, to volunteer and serve on one of the many committees available in our great city. Your presence and your voice can make a difference. 

Sincerely, 

Bonnie Lockhart