Thomas Oeffling

Demographics

Independent

44

Johnsburg

Bachelor's Degree, Majors in History and Education, Marquette University

Master's Degree, Administration and Educational Leadership, Aurora University

School Administrator, Grant Community High School

Married, Megan

Tommy , 10

Wynne, 8

Maura, 4

On the Record

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

I offer District 12’s voters a unique skill set. I graduated from Marquette University with majors in history and education and earned a Master’s in Administration and Educational Leadership from Aurora University. I have worked in education for 19 years; the first 12 as a teacher and the last 7 as an administrator. I have a wealth of experience to offer if elected. I have developed curricula and assessments, and aligned them to national, state, and professional standards. In my current position I am responsible for the hiring, evaluation, and development of staff members. I coached a total of 18 seasons and 9 of them were as the head coach. I believe my experience in and knowledge of public education will give me the opportunity to be a true asset to District 12’s Board of Education.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

I want to continue District 12’s tradition of being fiscally responsible, work with board members and the administrators to not only attract, but retain quality educators, and to come to a contract agreement that is viewed as fair by both the teachers and the taxpayers.

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

District 12 is a true asset to our community and the value of our homes. Through the years, Johnsburg’s Board of Education has been creative and proactive in its efforts to run a lean operation, contain the costs of running the district, and limit the amount it passes on to taxpayers. When the Board of Education sets its levy rate it needs to consider all of these things, along with projected expenses, and the long term implications the decision they make will have on the district.

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

I am not sure I had disagreements with decisions the board made in the past year because I was not part of the decision-making process. One topic that comes to mind though, is why was the successful accelerated and enrichment program discontinued after being in place for over 30 years? I wish I knew what questions were asked leading up to this decision and what the answers were.

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

For the past three years Johnsburg’s Board of Education has passed a balanced budget. It seems like every day there is a story in the paper about a school, the state, or the federal government making cuts or looking for ways to increase revenue in an effort to better balance their books. Fortunately these stories have not included District 12 and that is quite an accomplishment in today’s economic climate.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I am a fourth generation resident of Johnsburg. I am very proud of my close-knit hometown and the role our schools play in unifying the residents of our district. I proudly tell people I am a product of the Johnsburg school system and that my children will be as well. My experiences in education, athletics, and the knowledge I have of the community and its residents will enrich the school board and the education it works so diligently to provide the children of our community.