Wonder Lake IL
Bus Driver, Lakeside Transportation
Married, Thomas L. Hartfield Jr
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
For eleven years I was a stay at home mom raising four children. During this time our family had to learn to be very conscious of our financing in order for me to be at home. As my children got older I became involved in their school by volunteering on the PTO and in the classroom. I started out by helping at events, and eventually became a chairperson for some of our fundraisers. Four years ago I was voted in as PTO treasurer and feel I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people. Working with others is not always an easy task, you have many different opinion but we always talked things out and worked together to come to a common goal.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
Some priorities that I would have if elected are to make sure we are being fiscally responsible with the money we have, supplying our staff with tools they need to help each child reach their full learning potential, and keep a safe and healthy learning environment for our staff and students. I would like to see continued growth of communication between our community, staff and school board.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
At this time I cannot say I would or wouldn’t be in favor of a tax levy freeze until the housing market rebounds. Many factors affect whether an increase is need or not. If and when the housing market starts to rebound, should not be the only thing we look at when we are deciding whether or not to ask for an increase in the levy. The percent of the levy is what decides what you pay in taxes based on the value of your home. The board needs to make sure they are being responsible with the money they have and only be asking for increases if they can show just cause. We cannot just ask for more money without communicating with the community as to why this would be needed.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
The school board asked the community for a tax levy increase that was over 4%. I feel this was a lot to ask of the community in a struggling economy. We also need to make sure this information is being published in our local papers like the Northwest Herald.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The school board biggest accomplishment was offering a Response to Public Comment at their regular school board meetings. This shows the community they are listening and spending time on their concerns and ideas. Working together we can accomplish great things.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Why vote for me? I have been in the community for 27 years and love our small community. I bring with me many experiences working with others to come to well rounded decisions. When in the decision process, I value being fair and honest to all those involved. I feel I have a good understanding of finances. Having had two kids graduate from the school and two still attending, I care about what goes on in the school and in our community. I would do my very best to work with the community and other board members to reach goals set before us.
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