Architectural Systems Design and Consulting, Shen Milsom & Wilke, LLC
Married, Lynn Nattress
Rebecca Nattress, 20
Daniel Nattress, 16
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
My experience comes from two different perspectives. As a technology consultant I have spent many years working with grade school and higher education clients both in North America and abroad aiding my clients in advancing the needs of their students. This work has involved the augmentation of the curriculum with technologies. I also have extensive Board experience within corporate and not-for-profit organizations so I have the tools necessary to think strategically while understanding the future impacts. Most important is my ongoing commitment to youth development. In the twenty years that I have lived in Woodstock I have been very active in a number of youth organizations, both civic and religious. I believe strongly in developing the next generation of leaders and helping them to have the tools necessary to be thoughtful and caring members of our society.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
The top priority of the incoming Board will be the search and selection of a new District Superintendent. This selection, along with the goals and strategies that will come with it, will set the stage for growth and advancement of the school district for years to come. The current Board and staff of the school district work incredibly well together. This must continue. The second priority comes with appropriate management and deployment of solutions to challenges placed by outside entities. With recent legal changes relating to employers and the continued process of underfunding required programs in the State of Illinois, School Boards and Districts are faced with needing to find creative solutions.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. The taxing procedures set forth by the legal system bind taxing bodies into methods and means that never accounted for declining property values. It should also be realized that there are many ongoing and new requirements placed onto the school districts that are underfunded or not funded at all. I strongly support the current vision of the school district to always maintain a balanced budget. This does require a solid working relationship between the Board and the District staff to achieve. This is a key element in continuing the growth and advancement of the programs within the District.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
I do not feel it appropriate to disagree with the actions of past boards on particular topics as I do not have access to all of the information that they had in making those decisions.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
We should look no further than the continued success and accolades received by each of our individual schools within the district. Scholastically and socially our district continues to shine both locally and nationally. This is a testament to the Board and Staff of the district and the aforementioned working relationship that they have.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am a new voice offering to lead and work with a strong group focused on the same values that I hold dear, the development of the next generation. My experience in systems of governance and strategic thinking will aid in being a part of making the decisions necessary to ensure success for our school district. My experience in education and associated technologies will be a boon to the district as it would bring a different and needed understanding to the decisions that will be faced in the coming years.
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