Katherine Lechner

Demographics

Independent

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Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Woodstock

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On the Record

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

I have served on the Woodstock CUSD #200 Board of Education for a total of 12 years and feel that I have good knowledge of the District. Also, I live and work in the Community and have for over 30 years. All of my children and most of my grandchildren attend(ed) District #200 schools which means I have a stake in the District and its success.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

First of all, I will help to see that the District continues to offer the best education for our students available while staying within our means. The second would be to continue with a balanced, albeit conservative, budget for the District to try and keep as much of the burden off of the taxpayers as possible. My third priority is to hire the best Superintendent possible to take over when Superintendent Wrzeski retires.

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

I really don’t think this would be wise. While District #200 has continued to try and keep the levy as reasonable as possible so that taxpayers are not so burdened with additional costs, we still need to run the District. We, the Board, have a responsibility to educate the students in our District with or without government funds. I feel we have been fiscally conservative in the past would strive to be so in the future. Freezing the levy would not necessarily help with this.

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

I really don’t disagree with any of the decisions made by the Board of Education. We, as a Board, discuss the pros and cons of issues brought before us prior to making a decision. Thus, we are in agreement when the final decisions are made. We are not a “rubber stamp” Board, however, and have plenty of opportunity to voice concerns and questions prior to making a final decision.

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

I really feel that delivering a balanced budget has continued to be a big accomplishment each year, the past year being no acception. It is getting increasingly more difficult to keep the buget balanced and not to deficit spend when there is no definite knowledge of the monies the District will receive from the State. The Board has continued to offer a high quality education to our students while staying within our budget. Very few cuts were made this last year to stay within that budget.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I feel that I am open-minded and a good listener. I have been involved with District #200 schools for over 30 years - while my own children attended up until now. I have a stake in this Community and want nothing more that to see District #200 continue to offer the quality education we have become used to. I also pay taxes in this Community so am very aware of trying to keep the impact as minimal to the taxpayers as possible. I love this Community and feel District #200 has a lot to offer its’ stakeholders. I would love to continue to be a part of the Board of Education for School District #200.