High School, Computers, Niles West Township High School
Associate's Degree, Liberal Arts, Oakton Community College
Other, Network Administrator, Harper Community College
Head of Technology Services, Indian Trails Library District
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have worked with the public in public funded institutions for over 20 years. I do consulting for small village libraries and know how tight budgets are and need to be spent carefully. I lived in Fox River Grove and now Wonder Lake and have a deep appreciation for how small communities stand by their schools, libraries and other institutions. Wonder Lake is our home, I care deeply about the residents and most especially the children, wanting them to have every possible educational advantage but yet make sure that every dollar is spent carefully for their benefit.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My top three priorities are to ensure the best possible education for the children, keep the district fiscally responsible, and at the present time pick the best superintendent for our district. We need someone who will balance education and budget, understand that the school is the center of the community in many ways, and be there for both the children and community.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
This is not a “why or why not” question. A levy is more complex than it appears in how it supports the school and impacts property taxes. I encourage anyone who has questions about how a levy works, what can or cannot be impacted, to please contact the school district or attend school board meetings. For me to give a “yes or no” when it’s not that simple would be a disservice to the voters and residents. They need to know the entire truth and not just a sound bite.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
I am very fortunate in that I do not disagree with any decision the board has made. The members go over every issue heavily, making sure to know all the facts and study the information. People at times only see the board at their meetings, but there is a lot of homework to be done and research to understand the issues. This board has been excellent at doing that work and voting the best possible way without jumping the gun and not doing due diligence.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
There were many. From working with the staff to make it the best possible working environment, working hard to improve test scores and education, and adding technology that made the school district a shining example in the state. But I think the accomplishment I’m most proud of is that we did all that while still sticking to a hard budget that even allowed for abatements on funding. In this economy it’s very difficult to balance what the students need with what the district can handle, but I feel we’ve done a good job at doing that very thing.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am passionate about our community in Wonder Lake, I feel that our school has risen to a level where it has even been presented as an example of success in Springfield, and I want to continue to do what is the absolute best for the students and their parents. My background in public institutions and technology plus experience in dealing with tight budgets on taxpayer money will continue to let me do the best for the district.
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