Rebecca Klein

Demographics

Independent

34

Harvard

Bachelor's Degree, Management-Human Resources, Northern Illinois University

Master's Degree, English, Northern Illiniois University

Full-time Mom

Married, Adam Klein

Olivia Klein, 6

Logan Klein, 4

On the Record

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

I’m currently in the fourth year of my first term. I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with a minor in Marketing and a Master of Arts in English. Previous to being on the school board, I was a Vice President, Branch Manager at First Banking Center (now Talmer Bank and Trust) for four years and taught college composition classes at the College of Lake County and McHenry County College. I also taught composition classes at Northern Illinois University while working on my Master of Arts Degree.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

I only have one priority: academic improvement.

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

Yes, I would support freezing D50’s taxing district’s levy. I don’t think it is unreasonable to ask a district to live within their citizens’ means.

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

I disagreed with the board decision to expand cheerleading to the competitive level. It wasn’t one of the top activities students were interested in and it didn’t add a new activity for different students. Instead, it created an additional activity for existing cheerleaders at an expensive price tag and we currently don’t have enough cheerleaders interested to fill the varsity competitive cheerleading squad. I felt it was a poor use of money and consequently, I did not vote for competitive cheerleading; however, part of being a board member is working with other members as a team, so once the decision has been made; it becomes the entire board’s voice.

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

The board’s biggest accomplishment over the past year was rewriting our district’s strategic goals and the superintendent evaluation of which I was chairperson for both committees. I am very excited with the board work on these endeavors and feel it is the first step in the long road ahead of us to work on the improvement of the district.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I am honest, professional, ethical and here to work with the D50 Superintendent and Board to improve the educational experience for all students in the district.