Michael Wellwerts

Demographics

Independent

44

Wonder Lake

Bachelor's Degree, Industrial Engineering, Northern Illinois University

Project Manager, Rebars & Steel Co.

Married, Diane

Billy , 15

Shelby, 11

On the Record

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

I have served on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Boundary Realignment Review Committee for the district. I have two children that attend school in the district and have volunteered at many PTO events, school dances, and fundraisers.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My first priority would be to continue to strive to provide the students with the best and safest education possible. My next priority would be to insure that the district stays on its course of providing superior fiscal management.

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

Only after thoroughly reviewing the district’s budget and determining that the district could operate with a positive balanced budget to maintain the current quality of education and needs to the students, would I then support a taxing levy freeze until the housing market rebounds.

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

I disagree with having the non-curriculum teachers (physical education, art, music, and technology) work at multiple schools and rotate between those schools on a daily or weekly basis. I don’t see how that benefits the students or teachers.

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

It is impressive how financially responsible the district has been in not only in the past year, but for the past 8 years.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I believe that I am an excellent choice for the School Board because I have been involved in many district functions over the past 8 years. By having children in the district, I care about the students and families within District 200. I believe, with my experience, I can contribute in a positive way to the school board and maintain its diversity.