Started a new page on the board candidates



I don’t have much, yet, but I will be adding more content in the near future. Some candidates I have had the opportunity to communicate with a lot, others not so much.


I also added this as a “navigation menu” at the top of each page (navbar).

WCIA Channel 3 interviews board candidates, 10:00 pm

I was just informed that WCIA 3 will be running a segment on the 10:00 news focusing on the board candidates. And to air again tomorrow morning. Most likely it will be on the wcia website after 10 tonight.


UPDATE: Here is the WCIA online spot:

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School Board Candidate filings

Per the News-Gazette and Gordy’s tweet this evening, here are all 10 candidates for the April 7th elections (the number following the name indicates either a 2-year seat or a 4-year seat):

  • Amy Armstrong (4)
  • Jamar Brown (4)
  • Azark David Cobbs (4)
  • Christopher James Kloeppel (4)
  • Kerris Lee (4)
  • Kathy Richards (4)
  • Prudence Runkle (2)
  • Kathy Shannon (4)
  • Jonathan Westfield (2)
  • Alissia Young (4)


I will be seeking out more information on each of these individuals; I am told that the media has already started to reach out to them as well, and I know the REWIND citizens group is contacting candidates. From memory, Cobbs, Westfield and Young have all tried for seats in the past. Brown and Lee are currently board members.


I am sure there will be candidate questions, forums (the PTA Council already has plans for one in April) and more media spotlights for each of them. Feel free to submit your own questions/thoughts here. I’ll publish what I have gathered soon.

#edcamp and #EdCampCU: Jan 24, maybe 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (@EdCampCU)


What: Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them… (watch the video)

Who: anyone. As long as you know the secret knock….

Where: University of Illinois, College of Education
1310 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820

When: Saturday, January 24th, approximately 8am to 2pm


Weebly page:



Board Member Kerris Lee @ Cafe Kopi, Wednesday, December 17th, 3:30 pm to ?

Just a heads up that Kerris will be at Cafe Kopi tomorrow (Wednesday, December 17th) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm 3:30 pm to ? Hit him up with school board issues, the high school site, CTRL -Shift, or anything else that strikes your fancy.


If you are lucky, you may even run into another board member candidate (hat tip to Kathy Richards) as they hash out ideas.

A few more board member candidates

I found out that this morning three more folks submitted all the necessary paperwork and signatures for the April 2014 BOE positions (I’ll try always listing candidates in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Chris Kloeppel (I pronounce it “Kleppel”)
  • Kathy Richards
  • Kathy Shannon


Both Kathy R and Kathy S hang out here from time to time, and I know they would love to answer your questions and/or interact with you. I know Chris personally and would be happy to pass along questions to him if the need arises.


There are a couple other folks that I am waiting to hear the final word on. All in all, it looks like April is going to be an interesting month. I encourage you to learn as much as possible about the issues and candidates.

“If this protest isn’t considered a teaching moment, I don’t know what is.”

Just reading through the comments on the various NG articles. The heading of this post comes to you from the handle Soy Guapo (or “I am handsome/good looking”). In a sidebar conversation with Imani about this, she related to me that “back in the day” these types of things would have indeed been a very real teaching moment, enough so that “normal” classes were taken over by the topic of the day.

The comments are an excellent running commentary on what people are thinking, and they vary from the egregious to the obnoxious, from the sane to the those craving more attention. Some say they are students, some say they are parents. The back and forth dialogue is a treasure trove of what our community is thinking no matter how you slice it.

I would highlight those who are asking if this is what we want “school” to look like. This would be a most awesome forum discussion (and in some ways, it is happening, albeit in a less-than-optimal way). What is school?

I wish we had more of these discussions. I want my child to go to a school were this is the norm.