District 15

Gerald Chapman, recently elected to the District 15 school board, used to be the superintendent at District 211.

A reader wrote this morning with the following question:

“Does anyone know if Gerald Chapman’s firm (he is treasurer) was involved in recruiting his successor at D211? The name of his firm is Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, Ltd. Their website says “Founded in 1987, HYA is the nation’s largest executive search firm serving public school districts.”

Is it true that Gerald Chapman works there? (Update: Yes.)

Did HYA get paid to recruit a D211 superintendent? Anyone know?


I asked for input on any campaign activity you all had run into and lo and behold, I got an email this morning with a fairly complete report on the Quinn-Varnek-Neal campaign signs being taken down, apparently in an organized fashion, over the weekend.

This link is to a first-hand report in words and pictures from someone who must be close to the Quinn-Varnek-Neal campaign, but I don’t know who wrote it.

If you wrote it and you’re reading this, and you don’t want it posted, email me and I’ll take it down.

In response to my note below asking for first-hand reports about school board election news, what I’m hearing the most about are allegations of sign theft. This pertains to the District 15 race. It’s in an email making the rounds Sunday afternoon:

There have literally been hundreds of signs stolen in the last 24 hours, often replaced by “Chapman/Bokor/Ekeberg” signs.

A report has evidently been filed with the police department.

District 15 candidate websites:


Lisa Neal.

Mary Vanek.

Sue Quinn.