Ph. D., Materials Science, Northwestern University
Retired as executive in tire and rubber industry, BF Goodrich and Bandag, Inc.
Married, Margaret Myers
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have had extensive project management experience and have experience in the prioritization of multiple projects under conditions of limited resources. Through teaching assistantships in graduate school and serving as an adjunct professor for the University of Iowa Evening MBA program, I have some classroom experience.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
The Five Year Financial Plan and its use to guide priorities and expenditures must be formalized and used. We must guard against unplanned spending. The introduction and expansion of technology into the D26 district must be planned and controlled. The possible actions from that plan must be put into priority order based on the current status of the District’s technology, the benefits of an action (for example, the capability of students to take the PARCC assessments) and, most importantly, the availability of funding based on the Five Year Financial Plan. There also must be recognition of the difference between basic computer and technology literacy, i.e., the IT aspects of technology, and technology enhanced learning and this difference must be considered as priorities are established. All of this must be transparent to the D26 Community stakeholders. Staffing decisions and staff development will be critical as the District moves forward. The number of retiring teachers over the next three years will focus attention on the staffing plan and the staff development of the new teachers. This is made even more important as we continue with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and consider the return of dedicated teachers for art, music, and physical education.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
No. We cannot arbitrarily cut the District’s ability to fund its programs. Having made deep cuts to balance the budget in the past several years and with state funding being less and less reliable, this is not the time to limit the levy which would affect future ability to levy.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
May I have two? First, the various efforts to sell the Maplewood property without first determining the complexities of moving the transportation department. Second, not demanding a comprehensive, coherent technology plan while being passive on the spending of $300,000 for interactive white board bundles.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The balancing of the budget for the third year in a row.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I have served for two years and during that time have operated with the best interests of the children of D26 always uppermost in my mind. I would like to be able to continue to serve in the rebuilding of the District.
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