Jason Blumenthal

Demographics

Independent

19

Johnsburg

High School, Johnsburg High School

Single

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I have served in several organizations in District 12, as well as worked closely with administrators to accomplish programs for the entire student body. I have always been in service and dedicated to accomplishing the things best for my peers. Having just graduated from Johnsburg High School I feel I have a unique perspective of knowing what actually is happening in the classrooms. I would like to share my perspective on how policies put into place have impacted and effected the total student population.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My top concern/priority is making sure the curriculum is meeting State standards for the purpose of giving our students the right tools to have a successful college career or a skill set to use in the work force right out of high school. My second priority is security: the necessity of keeping a safe learning environment for our students to learn, for example, finding a safer way for visitors to enter the high school.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

Yes, if the citizens in the taxing district have to re-work their budget the governing bodies need to re-work their budget also.

What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?

I do not disagree with any particular decision of the board but I am more concerned what has not been brought to the board’s attention. “The students in the building should be secure from external, as well as internal threats” I understand that we have a procedure called “Code Red” in place in case of an intruder walked in, however looking at the high school main entrance there is nothing stopping someone from walking right in. The only thing currently blocking someone from illegally entering is a faculty member sitting at the front desk. This provides little or no security. The fact that installing a buzzer system, like every other school in the District, has not been brought up surprises me. Doing this will be a beneficial precaution for the safety of the students.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

The biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year is the abating of the tax levy. I say this because in our current times everyone is hurting for money, including the school. However, it is necessary to make our school district work within the parameters we currently are given. It is necessary for everyone in this time of economic crisis to work within a budget and this is for every government institution also. Taxing people at higher rates will not solve problems in the community at large. A School District is meant to be there for families as well as the students. For healthy families it’s necessary to keep more money in their family budgets hoping to create more positive results in the school environment.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I feel I should be elected because of my passion for quality education in Johnsburg District 12. As a recent graduate of Johnsburg High School, I have a new perspective that I feel isn’t always looked upon by the Board, a student’s perspective. I want to see a successful school for my brother who is currently enrolled at Ringwood Primary Center as well as for my sister currently enrolled at Johnsburg High School. The primary concern of the School Board is to establish a quality-learning environment for all the District’s teachers and students. I feel I could contribute youth, energy and enthusiasm to an already outstanding and successful School Board.