Fox River Grove
Bachelor's Degree, Marketing, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Sales, EPI Marketing Services
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have held multiple leadership positions over the course of my life. Professionally, I have held both senior sales and operational roles inside the marketing services industry. These positions required the specific combination of thought leadership and financial attentiveness that prepared my organization and my customers for the future. Personally, from 2009-2013 I have served as the President for the Fox River Grove Recreation Council. Prior to that, I served for several years on the Board of Education for the Lord and Savior School in Crystal Lake, IL. I also currently volunteer as a youth group leader at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington. These experiences have allowed me to work with business leaders, administrators, teachers, parents, and kids to create positive environments and foster growth.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My highest priority as a School Board Member would be to create and maintain a positive educational environment for the children of our village. Demographic changes in the district, implementation of Common Core standards, and the current difficult financial environment all demand prudent and judicious leadership if the goal is educational excellence. As a parent, that is what I demand for my children and what I will seek to provide as a School Board Member.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Unfortunately the cost of running the school district does not correlate to property valuations. Non-discretionary items (i.e. health insurance and energy costs) continue to rise, resulting in year over year budget increases. As a Board, our responsibility to the tax payers is to manage required costs as best we can while scrutinizing any optional or “nice-to-have” items that appear in the budget.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
I did not agree with the decision to investigate the feasibility to combine School District #3 in Fox River Grove with School District #26 in Cary. As a parent in Fox River Grove who is happy with the educational opportunities my children are receiving, I did not understand how consolidation could benefit the children in our community. As a taxpayer, I questioned why we should consider merging our financially sound district with one that has been struggling for many years. Overall, I did not understand the motivation and desire to spend time and money on this project. At the meeting where the study was released to the public I was pleased to hear that the recommendation was to keep our district independent. From talking with members in our community, that is the recommendation the people hoped for. However, I was also enlightened by the comment that the study provided our community factual information on where our district excels, where opportunities lie, and will serve as an excellent reference for future planning initiatives. While I would not have supported the idea to pursue the study, I am pleased that benefits did result from the effort.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The current board has done a very good job of managing the finances of the district during a difficult economic period. While surrounding districts have struggled, School District #3 has continued to offer reasonable class sizes, fine arts programs, and extra-curricular programs while delivering a high academic performance across grade levels.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am seeking election to the School Board to serve the people in the Village of Fox River Grove. As a parent, I have a vested interest in the quality of education my children receive. I also believe that a high quality school district is essential to the long-term prosperity of Fox River Grove and its residents. My election to the School Board will give voters a representative who will work tirelessly for the benefit of our children, our teachers, and our community. I will face issues head on, and seek out solutions that consider both the district needs and the needs of our taxpayers. Beyond all, I will serve with honesty and integrity every day of my term.
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