Hello and welcome again to the Friday Wrap for June 22nd! I hope all you dads had a great Father’s Day last Sunday; mine started with church and ended with a wonderful dinner at Topaz with my wife and daughter before driving her downtown.
Hinsdale School District Changes Boundaries:
There were a lot of exciting happenings around the village last week, including our first Friday Night Concert for 2018 that opened with THE HAT GUYS. But probably nothing happened that was more far-reaching than this one: District 86 School Board Voted to Eliminate the Controversial BUFFER ZONE.
Many years ago, the D86 Board picked a select group of homes between the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools and gave them the choice to choose which of the schools their children would attend. Over the years, the size of what they called the Buffer Zone” steadily widened and resulted in the dramatic increase of attendance of Central and a significant decrease at South. Subsequent research also showed that this may have been further exacerbated by a similar imbalance of curriculum.
Well, after years of efforts by a group of parents called “FILL SOUTH FIRST” and recent ones by a newly formed School Excellence Committee in the village, there is finally progress! Burr Ridge Trustee Zach Mottl, a Hinsdale South alum himself, was one of the residents who helped coordinate the filing on June 1st of a Discrimination Complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Trustee Anita Mital has also been instrumental in the efforts to stop the preferential treatment of Central and the historical vote: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/06/18/hinsdale-school-district-changes....
The vote to eliminate the Buffer Zone took place last Monday, but is not expected to go into effect until the 2019-2020 School Year. Parents in the BZ claimed that it would adversely affect their property values, but Mottl is quick to point out that that claim just further justifies the nature of the Complaint and that “fairness and equality” is needed.
Indian Independence Day at Millennium Park:
Was honored to participate in 4th Annual International Day of Yoga (at Millennium Park) with Ms. Neeta Bhushan, Consulate General of India, Chicago. Oh, and Yes, I did do Yoga for one hour in the hot sun that day...with the Consul General of India.
Burr Ridge Promoted by DuPage County Visitors Bureau:
DuPage County Visitors Bureau hosted a Meet & Greet at Hampton Social. They hired Jennifer Zhang(Miss Chinese Chicago and Miss China International) to promote Burr Ridge (and the county) locally and yes, even in China. It was great to meet the DCVB group and such an accomplished young woman!! Jennifer is also a model, emcee, actress, musician and a graduate of Northwestern University.
Annual Bo Jackson Even Held at Capri:
Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation held their annual fundraiser with their sponsors) at Capri Ristorante last night. The Foundation’s mission is “to inspire deserving youth to become involved in sports by providing an opportunity to train at an elite level while emphasizing a strong commitment to education.” I was happy to be a part of such a great event and participated part of Bo Jackson’s Golf Outing, too, and rub elbows with some amazing professional athletes!
The Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees will be held on Monday at 7:00 pm.
Have a blessed week!,
Mayor Mickey Straub