From left, Nathan Legardy, Christopher Riedel, Pam Jackson and Gerald Pauling. The four won election to the Homewood-Flossmoor District 233 Board of Education Tuesday night. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)
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Election 2023: Three H-F  incumbents will be joined by newcomer

Newcomer Christopher Riedel won election Tuesday and will be serving on the District 233 school board with three incumbents who were re-elected  to serve Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Nathan Legardy, Gerald Pauling and Pam Jackson won re-election to second terms. 

Beth Larocca came in fifth place. She had served on the board in the past and was hoping to win re-election after a loss in 2021. Candidate Charles Dieringer apparently dropped out of the race. 
Current board member Debbie Berman did not run for re-election.

With 100% of precincts reporting, the unofficial count was Jackson with 3,377 votes, or 23.93%; 
Nathan Legardy with 2,772, 19.64%; Gerald Pauling with 3,039, or 21.53%; Riedel with 2,681, or 19%; and Larocca with 2,245, or 15.91%.

From left, Nathan Legardy, Christopher Riedel, Pam Jackson and Gerald Pauling. The four won election to the Homewood-Flossmoor District 233 Board of Education Tuesday night. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)
From left, Nathan Legardy, Christopher Riedel, Pam Jackson and Gerald Pauling. The four won election to the Homewood-Flossmoor District 233 Board of Education Tuesday night. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

The H-F board member spot is Riedel’s first elected position although he’s been an active community member volunteering with District 153 schools, at H-F and Flossmoor Community Church.

“I think my biggest goal is to keep H-F a premiere school in the region and focus that we’re coming out of the pandemic meeting the needs of the students,” he said.

The three re-elected board members said H-F is making good progress coming out of the pandemic and they will work with administrators who have set programs in place to help students who may be struggling.

“I think we have a lot of momentum with this administration. We’ve made a lot of curriculum changes after COVID,” Legardy said. He wants to see a continuation of the efforts to improve the school climate and regain some of the luster H-F made.

“I think of where we were when I was at H-F and our state stature. I know we won’t be able to get there over night, but I want to work on that,” Legardy said.

Pauling was elected to the board, then he lost re-election. He was later appointed to the board and Tuesday he won his second term for District 233. One of his biggest priorities is the proposed science wing for the South Building. He is also concerned with teacher turnover and helping with key initiatives around student performance.

Jackson said she is happy with the work of the new administration under the direction of Superintendent Scott Wakeley and Principal Clinton Alexander and will continue to support their work for student success.

Election 2023: Three H-F  incumbents will be joined by newcomer

By Marilyn Thomas

Newcomer Christopher Riedel won election Tuesday and will be serving on the District 233 school board with three incumbents who were re-elected  to serve Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Nathan Legardy, Gerald Pauling and Pam Jackson won re-election to second terms. 

Beth Larocca came in fifth place. She had served on the board in the past and was hoping to win re-election after a loss in 2021. Candidate Charles Dieringer apparently dropped out of the race. 
Current board member Debbie Berman did not run for re-election.

With 100% of precincts reporting, the unofficial count was Jackson with 3,377 votes, or 23.93%; 
Nathan Legardy with 2,772, 19.64%; Gerald Pauling with 3,039, or 21.53%; Riedel with 2,681, or 19%; and Larocca with 2,245, or 15.91%.

The H-F board member spot is Riedel’s first elected position although he’s been an active community member volunteering with District 153 schools, at H-F and Flossmoor Community Church.

“I think my biggest goal is to keep H-F a premiere school in the region and focus that we’re coming out of the pandemic meeting the needs of the students,” he said.

The three re-elected board members said H-F is making good progress coming out of the pandemic and they will work with administrators who have set programs in place to help students who may be struggling.

“I think we have a lot of momentum with this administration. We’ve made a lot of curriculum changes after COVID,” Legardy said. He wants to see a continuation of the efforts to improve the school climate and regain some of the luster H-F made.

“I think of where we were when I was at H-F and our state stature. I know we won’t be able to get there over night, but I want to work on that,” Legardy said.

Pauling was elected to the board, then he lost re-election. He was later appointed to the board and Tuesday he won his second term for District 233. One of his biggest priorities is the proposed science wing for the South Building. He is also concerned with teacher turnover and helping with key initiatives around student performance.

Jackson said she is happy with the work of the new administration under the direction of Superintendent Scott Wakeley and Principal Clinton Alexander and will continue to support their work for student success.

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