Barrett doesn’t file for re-election in Hinsdale District 86
Updated: December 28, 2012 2:02PM
HINSDALE —Nine people filed to run for the four seats on the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board in April’s election, but Dianne Barrett was not among them.
Barrett has frequently questioned and criticized the decisions of the School Board and even filed a lawsuit against the district, but she did not file for re-election, according to Cathy Hannon, a district employee who handled the election filings. Candidates’ nominating petitions were due by 5 p.m. Dec. 26.
The other three incumbents whose terms expire in April did file for re-election. They areDennis Brennan of Hinsdale, Deirdre “DeeDee” Gorgol of Willowbrook, and Kay Gallo of Clarendon Hills.
Challenging them will be Darien residents Jennifer Babbington, Claudia Manley, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the School Board in April 2011, and Roger J. Kempa, who submitted his petitions Dec. 26, along with Edward A. Corcoran of Clarendon Hills and Roseanne Rosenthal of Hinsdale.
Victor Casini, who lives in Burr Ridge also filed as a candidate. In the fall, Casini argued specific movies should not be shown in a film as literature class at Hinsdale South High School, prompting a large crowd to attend a School Board meeting to discuss the controversial topic.
Casini formally objected to “Brokeback Mountain” and “American Beauty” because of their graphic scenes, crude language and subject matter. The school district evaluated his objection and denied it.
Casini, who previously served on the Gower Elementary District 62 Board, said, if elected, his focus would be on “fiscal responsibility and transparent operations of the board.”
Barrett filed a complaint when the School Board did not give her access to recordings from closed session meetings she did not attend and has amended it to seek access to student records from the district’ special education department.~.