Parent who objected to movies running for Hinsdale School Board
Updated: January 28, 2013 6:14AM
HINSDALE — Victor Casini, the father who argued that specific movies should not be shown in a film as literature class at Hinsdale South High School, filed as a candidate for Hinsdale High School District 86 Board last week.
Casini, of Burr Ridge, 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 said his focus would be on “fiscal responsibility and transparent operations of the board.” Casini previously served on the Gower Elementary District 62 Board.
Four seats will be open next year to guide District 86, including those of Dennis Brennan of Hinsdale, Deirdre “DeeDee” Gorgol of Willowbrook, and Kay Gallo of Clarendon Hills, who all filed their petitions for re-election Monday.
The four-year term of Dianne Barrett, who has filed a lawsuit against the school district, also will expire in April. As of Dec. 21, Barrett did not file for re-election. 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.
Other people who are seeking election are Jennifer Babbington and Claudia Manley, both of Darien. Manley unsuccessfully sought a seat on the School Board in April 2011, when three seats were up for election.
The deadline to submit papers to be listed on the April 9 ballot is Dec. 26.
Names appear on the ballot in the order in which the candidates filed their petitions. Babbington, Casini and Manley filed simultaneously, so their order among the top three spots will be chosen by a lottery.