Harvard Community Unit School District 50 Board
Being a business owner for over 40 years gives me a great deal of experience in finance, government regulations, decision making and adaptability. I have also worked with numerous community and school groups, often in leadership positions, and realize how important it is to be able to work with people whose opinions may differ.
I have faithfully served on the Harvard Board of Education for two consecutive terms, since May of 2005. Currently I am serving as Secretary to the Board. During the last eight years I have continually taken educational classes offered through Illinois Association of School Boards and the Illinois State Board of Education. I have become a Master Board Member and an Illinois Association of School Boards Leadershop Academy Member. Both of these achievements require a lengthy process of training and are considered a high level of education to be attained. During my terms I have been an active member of various board committees and attended numerous school activities. I continue to stay up to date with the ongoing changes regarding the laws, policies and procedures within the public school system.
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.
As a former Superintendent of Harvard School District 50 I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many Boards of Education over a 14 year period. The other 17 years were spent as a Principal of Central, Jefferson and the Harvard Junior High.
I believe that the majority of people, who know me, believe that I am a leader, trustworthy, honest, a steward of finance, hard working and that I am visible and approachable.
During my 31 years with District 50 I have had direct hands on experience with curriculum; staff development; school finance; Special Education; athletics and co-curricular activities; maintenance and custodial services; transportation; food service; grant writing; referendums and immersed in building additions, renovations and a new school.
I believe I understand the role of a School Board Member, having had the opportunity to work with many hardworking, dedicated and energetic Board Members. In addition, I have attended many informative workshops offered by the Illinois School Board Association, which has emphasized the Role of a School Board Member.
In summary, I believe I am a good Board of Education candidate, because of my experiences, knowledge of school operations, personality and desire to serve.
Together, my wife Mary and I have raised five children. All, of which, attended public school systems. Each child is an individual and unique as to what motivates them to excel. I am a stakeholder in this community, this district and our children’s future. I have two children currently attending our school system. My wife and I have supported, as well as taken part, in many local fundraisers, food drives, Toys for Tots. Additionally, we have worked for concession stands, Castle Challenge, etc. I’m currently serving on the Board of Trustees at 1st Presbyterian Church of Harvard. I have a good understanding of setting goals as well as achieving goals with limited resources. I work for the Railroad and part of my responsibilities are to manage purchasing and expense accounts, staying within current budgets as well as creative problem solving. I have learned to take ownership of the task at hand in order to achieve responsible, efficient and safe results.
Being involved in public accounting for the past eighteen years has given me extensive experience in understanding financial concepts, financial statements, budgets and comprehension of the inner workings of many types of organizations. In addition, being a Board of Director and Audit Committee Chairman for a local financial institution has provided me with additional experiences in formulating and improving internal control policies and developing proper segregation of duties. However, of all the experiences that would make me a good candidate, the most important ones are that I have grown up in this district and I am raising my children in this district.