Computer consultant, Self employed
Married, Amanda Slavik
Ashlyn Slavik, 18
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am an excellent listener. I think that is the most important quality for a negotiator. The board needs to help the administration understand the desires of the community and the teachers and students. I feel that the current administration has been antagonistic to the educators. This does not benefit the school system. I am also an excellent problem solver. Which tool do you want to use? Edward De Bono’s thinking hats? Role reversal? I understand psychology, negotiating and how to create win-win scenarios. I understand what inspires educators and students. I know how to motivate administrators. I think these are the correct attitudes to apply to problems as a school board member.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
To help the board, the administration, and the teachers craft a solution to repairing our schools in district 26. To increase the variety of classes offered such as art, music, foreign languages which were largely dropped a few years ago. To energize the staff and community so that more teachers are excited about coming to work, more students are excited about what is happening in school, and more of the community is involved in supporting and participating in the school district.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
What does this question mean? Let’s assume it means that the District 26 portion of the property tax will not increase until the average housing price increases. How often will we obtain a measurement of average housing price? How much does the average housing prices have to increase before the taxes can be reevaluated? How long do the prices have to remain elevated before this can take place? Is there a level of budgetary disaster for which we are willing to override this tax freeze? I don’t think I know enough about these answers to deliver an intelligent opinion.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
I do not feel that the school board was able to influence the administration to not make the deep cuts in staffing that were made a few years ago. I feel there were other choices. Do we have too many administrators? Is there waste or savings to be had in other areas? Has the administration alienated the teachers and the community? Are we buying the best textbooks? Are we having to replace textbooks and other consumables too frequently because we are making poor decisions? Most importantly, is District 26 serving the children, teachers and community well? Should we even consider letting children out of junior at 1:30PM (I think that was proposed a few years ago)? Are we doing what is necessary to insure that our district will not produce a disproportionate number of future citizens who will be a burden on society? I want District 26 to be proud of the citizens it nurtures, and the students to not say that the school district (board, faculty, administration) let them down.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Why should voters elect you to office?
I will work very hard to improve District 26 for all of us. I am tireless when pursuing information to solve a problem. If any of the voters, staff, or students want information pertinent to District 26 that it is in my power to obtain and for which there are no laws forbidding its release, you can be confident that I will find some way to satisfy them. We may disagree on the interpretation of this data, but I will get the data. I have worked for the Department of the Interior, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, IBM, Northern Trust, Kraft Foods, and the University of Chicago. You cannot bury me under paperwork or hide the details from me forever. I will ferret out the data, and work with the rest of the board, the administration, the faculty, staff, students, and anyone else in the community to improve District 26.
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