Machinist, Autonamic Corp
Married, Rhona W. Wenk
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Though I have never been an elected official, I have lived in Wonder Lake most of my life. And two of my children have attended school at Harrison. I am a community member and a parent. I see what happens in the school, and feel the effects in our community.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My main priorities are being sure that our taxes are not raised anymore by our school district. I see the effects that tax increases in this economy are having on our community, especially our senior citizens. I do not feel that these tax increases are being used to benefit our children. We have three administrators; a superintendent, principal, and vice-principal/dean of students, for a school that has right around 500 children. I feel that the children are missing out when they do not have even an art room to display their art projects, but have Nook’s to read a book from. A book that was most likely already in our library. District consolidation is also one of my priorities, I feel consolidation of district 36 is something that needs to be looked at.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Yes, I would support freezing our tax levy. Simply put, people are being taxed out or their homes. You can drive around our community and see the amount of foreclosures that have already taken place. The taxpayers need some relief. Our school board does not take consideration of any of our community members. After listening to several community members, all but one board member, Laurie Alsot, voted to raise our taxes, just because they could. This board of education is out of control, something needs to change, which is why I am running.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
The hiring of our last superintendent, who will be leaving our district at the end of our school year. I feel it was a grave mistake, as we lost many well qualified staff members. We re-decorated her office and added a conference room, with taxpayer money. In the process, lost the art room for our children. Isn’t this suppose to be about the children first, not the administration having a beautiful, expensive office.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Raising our taxes, and letting our qualified teachers go, at the request of our superintendent. In other words, absolutely nothing
Why should voters elect you to office?
Hopefully they see my dedication to the children and the community. I will not be about the administration. I will listen and make eye contact with our community members when they come to the board with a concern. I will be your elected official.
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