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Dad Who Fought Sex-Heavy Movies in School Running for D86 Board

Three of the four current members up for re-election filed their papers to run in April along with three challengers, two of whom have names you may recognize.

The Hinsdale South parent who filed a curriculum objection with District 86 over the showing of American Beauty and Brokeback Mountain this fall filed papers Monday to enter the board of education race, according to district administration.

Victor Casini, who first spoke to the board in September about his opposition to the movies being show in a Hinsdale South film class and later filed a formal objection with Superintendent Nick Wahl, was one of six people who filed to run Monday, the first day candidates could do so. The filing period for the April 9 ballot ends Dec. 26.

Three of the four current board members whose terms expire in April were among the first-day filers, according to assistant to the superintendent Meredith Lannert. Claudia Manley, who ran in 2010 as part of the slate that included Richard Skoda and Bruce Davidson, also filed.

The six candidates who filed Monday, Lannert said, were:

  • Jennifer Babbington of Darien
  • Victor Casini of Burr Ridge
  • Claudia Manley of Darien 
  • Dennis Brennan of Hinsdale (incumbent)
  • Deirdre “DeeDee” Gorgol of Willowbrook (incumbent) 
  • Kay Gallo of Clarendon Hills (incumbent)

Babbington, Casini and Manley filed simultaneously, Lannert said. That means the order in which those three names will appear on the ballot will be determined by a lottery.

The three incumbents filed later in the day, in the order above. 

For more on Casini's objection, see the links below:

  • D86 Movie Controversy: Parent's Appeal Goes Before Board Monday
  • READ: D86 Parent Appealing Superintendent's Ruling on Objection to Sex-Heavy Movies
  • READ: How Does a Curriculum Objection Work in District 86?
  • D86 Board Decision on Racy Movies Not What Most Audience Members Wanted
  • Complaints About Sex-Heavy Films in School Prompt Cops to Review District Emails

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Proud Teacher December 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM
"I believe as a community we need to nurture the entire child…mind, body and spirit. It is important to keep a challenging curriculum for our students but also be aware of the needs of our more vulnerable population." Probably does sum up our differences pretty well. I think (except for academic curriculum) these are largely family functions. I do not relish the State taking over our bodies and souls (or spirits, to use your word). You think "It Takes A Village"; I think it takes strong families and individuals. When the State controls our spiritual growth, dependence on the State, and concomitant loss of liberty, follows.
Teaching Pro December 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I'm just hopeful that Casini and his band will have the guts to campaign on the issues that they think are important. Too often, a certain group runs in our district and they claim that they are for the students but they actually seem to represent a far right extreme group. "I don't want anyone watching movies, I find distasteful". "We don't need the turf fields at either school". "We don't need the security enhancements at either school". "We need a zero tax levy and we should cut sports and clubs instead of taxing new construction property". These are some of the thoughts spewed by this extreme group sitting in the minority of the board and now running to take control of Central and South. Those are the views but they won't run on those views.
Proud Teacher December 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM
You use quotation marks. Can you cite actual quotes from Mr. Casini - or are you blowing smoke out your campaign? Have heard of Alexander's Ragtime Band, but not Casini's. Care to identify who is in this group you've fabricated? And, while you're at it, how about distinguishing the Dennis Brennan sock puppets - who never, ever waiver from voting at his command? They're OK because they're at the far left (tax-and-spend) extreme?
Duncan Idaho December 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Indeed, none of us should vote for Casini. We don't need his head in the sand mentality with respect to the realities of life. On a side note, Proud Teacher has strong feelings and seems to really enjoy the drama, and now I'm concerned that this person is actually a real teacher..
Teaching Pro December 25, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Sure: Jennifer Babbington, Richard skoda, Dianne Barrett, Victor Casini, Claudia Manley, Bruce Davidson. Those quotes represent the views of the group, right?

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