Amanda Geyer

Demographics

Independent

39

mchenry

mom, kohls

Married, Shaun Geyer

On the Record

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

I have much vested with the schools and the district having two kids in the schools. I am a advocate for better education for special needs children. I am a PTO mom and in school volunteer. I have assisted others in advocating for their rights. I have worked with various groups among them are volunteering with the Boy Scouts, working with the Kohl\\\'s Care events that raise money for youth groups. Helping out at our church youth group Logo\\\'s. While living in Virginia for 8 years I volunteered for the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society, the family support group for deployed soldiers and was involved in organizing their home coming events etc. Last of all, I have faithfully attended the board meetings for the last 2 years to keep abreast of what is happening in District 15.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

It’s hard to narrow it down to 2 or 3 priorities there are so many important ones like equal opportunities for all students including special education students, growth in the Landmark program of all year school, full day kindergarten, dual language classes and gifted programs. My major priorities are to keep the schools moving in the forward direction with the hope of not having to raise taxes and to make sure current programs are not eliminated in the District 15 schools.

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

I am for freezing the taxing levy for a while to let people get back on their feet. But to say until the housing market rebounds is not a good choice. No one can predict when that will happen. At some point costs go up. This is the way of life and to short change the kids because the housing market didn’t recover is not fair to them

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

I have disagreed with the board on the letting go of SEDOM staff. That was the one constant in the kids lives and they were very well trained staff. I do understand that money was the reason for the cuts. I just felt that the staff had more experience with working with the needs of the kids.

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

The biggest accomplishment of the board in this rough economy has been the trimming the fat in the budget and keeping us in a upward movement. They have managed to hire new staff, keep up with demands, with slow or lacking funds from the state.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I have attended the board meeting for the last two years faithfully watching and learning. Voters should elect me because I am a dedicated person who wants to make a difference in her school district. I have shown I am willing to take a stand, think out of the box, and be a advocate for all kids. I want this to be a great place for the current generation of kids and the next.