Master's Degree, environmental studies, Northeastern
retired science teacher, dist. 299
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Being fair and conservative has gotten me re-elected four times to the board. This leadership comes from experience in both education and business. Having been past chair and secretary has taught me to listen to the community before making decisions. The college is successful because the whole family of students, administration, staff and faculty function as a unit to bring the best possible classes & experience to our community.
Do you support the college’s long-term expansion plan? Explain.
A Master Plan is required by the state to be updated every 5 years. Our 2011 plan is a living document meant to guide our vision for the future. We are currently researching creative financing for needed classroom space on campus and off site. I support meeting the needs of students within our budget.
Would you support freezing the college’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
The levy is a misunderstood tax. The college has a mandatory cap and we expect no more than 3 % bump in rates each year. That translates into only $2.11 for a home with $150,000.00 value. The 9.5 % is a onetime limited capture of any NEW development. After 1 year that development reverts to the capped taxation rates.
What one decision by the board do you most disagree with and why?
As a team member, once the vote is taken, it does not matter what I think. I am obliged to support the Board of Trustee decisions. Every vote is well researched and thoroughly discussed in Committee and Board Meetings.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
In the past year, we have expanded on-line course offerings, established a Full -time Sustainability Director, updated the Culinary Arts Lab and Food Service Areas, improved graduation rates and student success, and increased enrollment to 7%. We are currently working with manufacturing and health business partners to expand course offerings that lead to employment.
Outside of any issues already discussed, what one or two things would you try to accomplish if you are elected?
I would like to see the pursuit of federal and state grants to expand course offerings, increased gathering of private and corporate donations and still keep a tight rein on the budget. I would, also, like to see increased enrollment with the co-operation of local high school.
Larson's Current Race
- Illinois State Rep. Mike Tryon will not seek re-election in 2016
- McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller announces election campaign
- 5-member task force will handle McHenry County township consolidation effort
- McHenry County Board member Tina Hill announces recorder run
- McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi to seek a 4th term