Josh Howell

Demographics

Independent

38

Cary

Bachelor's Degree, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Roosevelt University

Telecommunications; Account Manager - K-12 & Higher Education, Sprint

Married, Jackie Howell

Abby Howell, 8

Evie Howell, 6

Lanie Howell, 3

On the Record

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

I’ve been involved and want to do more.  I currently sit on the school board’s Community Engagement Committee and most recently on the Steering Committee.  It was the latter that led me to become a candidate for the school board.  The Steering Committee brought together teachers, administrators, board members and community members to create a new mission, vision and goals for the District.  Each person and group had different ideas, but consensus delivered a product everyone was proud of.   The new Mission and Vision can be found on the District’s website: www.cary26.org

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

Curriculum – This is the roadmap to our children’s education. We must challenge the students, but also work on how we attend to each child’s learning needs. We have to insure learners receive a well-rounded education that addresses the whole person. Also, the District can better prepare our students for today’s world by addressing their technology education. Infrastructure – We should continue to address needed upgrades and repairs to aging buildings and the District’s technology needs. Fiscal Responsibility – We have to carefully prioritize and wisely spend in order to live within our means.

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

I would love to freeze the taxing district’s levy as soon as the school district rebounds. Based on the District’s five year plan (released 2/19), that will not be immediately possible. Basic infrastructure and academic needs have to be addressed. Plus, the state of Illinois threatens to cut state aid, shift costs to the district, or both.

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

The District is coming out of a terrible financial crisis. There were several factors to contribute which include decisions made by previous school boards. It is easy to “Monday morning quarterback” past decisions, but we must wisely spend in order to live within our means.

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

Returning special subjects within a balanced budget.

Why should voters elect you to office?

My professional background has given me unique insight into both public and private schools.  I’m focused in the technology side of mobile learning initiatives and work almost entirely with K-12 schools in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.  My experience has shown me the overall success or failure within these institutions is almost always based on the school system’s ability to communicate and execute.  As a board member, I would help ensure the District continues to move forward.