Wonder Lake, IL
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Since graduating from Illinois State University, I have held various professional positions. I started out of college working in public accounting at a downstate accounting firm as an accountant until moving to the area in 2001. Where I worked for a local construction company in their accounting department. In 2006, I switched careers to construction management with the same company and hold that position still today. From these years of professional experience I have gained knowledge and life experiences of how successful companies operate and how they constantly plan for the challenges of the future.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My first and main priority is to make sure students of Harrison are well prepared and ready to enter high school. While focusing on my main priority I feel it is important that the students are exposed to the technologies of the future and have curriculum that increases the district\\\'s academic scores. Finally, even though it is important for the students to have a diverse education it is equally important that the district is financially sound. It is crucial that the district makes sure that tax revenue is spent wisely especially with government school funding uncertainty.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
No, because home values within the past year have stabilized and in some areas home values have started increasing. As real estate values increase the community’s real estate taxes will naturally increase without increasing the rate. It would always be my main goal to balance the levy rate with expected educational costs of the district. However, with the constant law changes and the state of affairs in Illinois there is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty. The district must always be financially prepared for the future and that Harrison is not put into the dilemma of which school classes or activities to cut.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
I do not have any specific decision that I disagree with. As a community and as the new board is created in April we cannot dwell on the past we need to concentrate on the future for that is all we can change.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
They have created a school environment that has increased overall test results while maintaining a financially viable district.
Why should voters elect you to office?
When elected I will bring a mind set to the board that is balanced with needs of our students and the financial responsibility that the district has to the community.
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