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2013 in review: Hinsdale District 86 election reverberates through the year

<p>Deidre Gorgol, Dennis Brennan and Kay Gallo check results on an election night in which only Gallo retained her seat on the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board. | Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Deidre Gorgol, Dennis Brennan and Kay Gallo check results on an election night in which only Gallo retained her seat on the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board. | Sun-Times Media file photo

The Hinsdale District 86 High School Board election in April was contested, and so was nearly every board meeting held since then.

Despite an active and passionate campaign on both sides, just 18 percent of voters in District 86 went to the polls.

Only incumbent Kay Gallo of Clarendon Hills held on to one of the four open seats up for election. Joining her were new board members Claudia Manley of Darien, Ed Corcoran of Clarendon Hills and Victor Casini of Burr Ridge.

Incumbent School Board President Dennis Brennan and Deirdre (DeeDee) Gorgol were defeated, shifting the balance of power on the board.

The new board altered construction projects the previous board had approved for summer work; settled a lawsuit with former board member Dianne Barrett, which a DuPage County Circuit Court judge already had dismissed; levied for the same amount of property taxes as last year; and possibly caused superintendent Nicholas Wahl and other administrators to leave.

Four months after the election and less than three weeks before the new school year started, Wahl, who had been superintendent for eight years, abruptly resigned. He took a lower paying job as superintendent of an Indiana unit school district.

By Kimberly Fornek

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