District 88 partners with Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace to develop intergovernmental group

Pictured is District 88 Superintendent Dr. Jean Barbanente.

At District 88, we know our partnerships are key to helping our students succeed inside the classroom and beyond and to accomplishing our mission of working for the continuous improvement of student achievement.

We truly value those collaborations and are committed to developing/enhancing relationships with our stakeholders. As part of that focus, we are thrilled to work with the Village of Villa Park and the City of Oakbrook Terrace, as well as representatives from DuPage County and local legislators, to develop an intergovernmental group. We have a well-established intergovernmental unit in Addison that is a longstanding and invaluable tradition of the village, and the strong relationships cultivated through that group have provided phenomenal opportunities to support our families such as coming together to coordinate a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, distributing food to residents and more. We are excited to add this tremendous asset to the other side of our district as well.

The goal of the group is to establish open communication and provide an opportunity to share information. We met on Oct. 7 and will come together quarterly to network, partner on projects/initiatives and discuss current events to benefit our students and communities. I would like to thank the following individuals for attending the meeting, and I look forward to the immense promise of bringing these agencies together.

School districts

  • Donna Craft Cain, District 88 Board of Education President
  • Dan Olson, District 88 Board of Education Vice President
  • Jean Taylor, District 88 Board of Education Member
  • Judy Degnan, School District 45 Board of Education President
  • Dr. Tony Palmisano, School District 45 Superintendent
  • Dr. Jake Chung, Salt Creek School District 48 Superintendent
  • Dr. Daniel Krause, Willowbrook Principal

Village of Villa Park

  • Nick Cuzzone, Village President
  • Rich Keehner, Village Manager
  • Suzanne McVey, Assistant Village Manager
  • Mike Rivas, Police Chief
  • Ron Rakosnik, Fire Chief
  • Greg Gola, Director of Parks & Recreation
  • Sandra (Sandy) Hill, Villa Park Public Library Director
  • Pat Hubbard, Villa Park Public Library Board President

City of Oakbrook Terrace

  • Paul Esposito, Mayor
  • Ralph DeLuca, Jr., Fire Chief

DuPage County

  • Peter "Pete" DiCianni, DuPage County Board Member (District 2)
  • Paula Deacon Garcia, DuPage County Board Member (District 2)
  • Tina Tyson-Dunne, Forest Preserve Commissioner (District 2) and Chief of Staff for State Rep. Deb Conroy

With District 88 Pride,
Jean Barbanente, Ed.D.
District 88 Superintendent