Monique Cotton Yancy and Dr. Daniel Gasse, both long time Forest Park residents and parents of children in District 91 schools, need your support in running for the D91 school board in the April 2019 election.
Last night's fundraiser at the Century and Sleuths bookstore gave Forest Parkers an opportunity to discuss the future of education in Forest Park with residents.
Dr. Daniel Gasse, founder of the Gasse School of Music, and Monique Cotton Yancy, long time resident and involved citizen of Forest Park, plan to run for the D91 School Board in the upcoming April 2019 election.
Daniel Gasse, who has lived in Forest Park with his family for twenty years, has a doctoral degree in music and education and has taught students of all ages for more than 38 years. He is the father of five, the two youngest of whom are currently enrolled in District 91. He has been deeply involved in four of the five D91 schools over the past nine years, attending board meetings and interacting with teachers, staff, and the superintendent. His desire is to help D91 excel in all areas, including ensuring that students are prepared for the International Baccalaureate Program at the Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA).
Through the Gasse School of Music, he has formed relationships with many Forest Park families, and is committed to the continual improvement of our schools, with excellence the ultimate goal. He believes that “despite strong financial management for many years, District 91’s academic results and scores are not where they should be. With the student to teacher ratio and the dollar to student ratio we have, our schools should and can be at the very top of the rankings.”
Monique Cotton Yancy has made her home in Forest Park for the past thirteen years. She and her children have been heavily involved in Scouts and the PTO, and are avid users of the Park District of Forest Park. She currently serves as the parent liaison on the Citizens Advisory Council to the D91 School Board. Monique has sent four of her children through District 91 schools and has the pulse on what works well and what needs improvement. She also has children at both PMSA and Proviso East, which gives her an advantage in understanding how to better work between the districts, a major focus of both Proviso District 209 and District 91.
“I want to show my children what it takes to be part of the community they love and are growing up in. We have loved so much about our time in Forest Park, and now I want to give back in a way that I know can make a difference,” says Cotton. Her priority while in office will be to ensure that the schools are delivering on academics for all students.
Read more in the Forest Park Review's recent article on their announcements to run:
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