Eileen Palsgrove

Demographics

Republican

69

St. Louis MO

Master's Degree, Education, Northern Illinois University

University Supervisor, Trinity International University

Married, Michael Palsgrove

David Palsgrove, 48

Philip Palsgrove, 47

Sharon Larsen, 43

Alison Palsgrove, 40

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I was a classroom teacher for 15 years. I was an administrator in Crystal Lake School District 47 for 18 years. Since that time I was Director of Children’s Ministries at Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake for 6 1/2 years and I have supervised student teachers for Trinity International University since 2002. During the time I worked for District 47 I negotiated with the board, made presentations to the board, and attended school board meetings for many years. My experiences with Trinity have given me opportunities to learn about other school districts in Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties. I taught learning disabled students and the whole continuum through gifted students. As an administrator and a university supervisor I have learned what makes successful educational experiences for students. I have also worked with many parents and understand their desires for quality and appropriate education for their children.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

Listen to constituents Use my background in curriculum development to make wise decisions regarding future curriculum adoptions Maximize the resources of the school district to obtain the most value for students without further burden to taxpayers

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

I am certainly open to that possibility but I cannot say for certain until I see all the facts. The school district’s declining enrollment might lead one to believe that there should be a corresponding reduction in expenses but that generally does not prove to be the case because many of the expenses stay the same and there is less per pupil state aid. Deferred maintenance of buildings leads to higher costs for the future. I do believe that today’s economic climate means that all taxing bodies have to do everything they can to deliver the most value for the lowest cost to taxpayers.

What one decision in the past year by the school board do you most disagree with and why?

The adoption of the Character Counts program is the decision I disagree with most. It is not crafted well for adoption into the classroom, it introduces topics best left for parents to discuss with their own children, and it places an undue burden on teachers by giving them another curriculum area to plan for and squeeze into an already very crowded school day--and one that is not reflected on the high stakes testing of other curriculum areas.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

The biggest accomplishment of the board is the consideration of full-day kindergarten. My hope is that with more time, some of the creative activities that made children eager to come to school in kindergarten and set the stage for future educational successes may be returned to the kindergarten curriculum. Most of these learning activities were eliminated from the kindergarten curriculum when it became more academic. Children who were unprepared then were pushed unsuccessfully into pre-reading and reading before they were ready. On the other hand, I have serious reservations about Kindergarten students possibly not attending their neighborhood schools. The number of times a student changes schools has a negative effect on high school graduation and places a burden on families.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I have knowledge and experience that I believe will have a positive influence on the future direction of Crystal Lake School District 47. I care about students and their families and the future direction of our community.