Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Riverside-Brookfield Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Previous political experience: Current District #95 Board member
Previous community experience: District #95 referendum committee member
Education: B.A. History and Political Science, Loyola University Chicago
What should the district do to improve access to technology for students?
The District has recently greatly improved the technology infrastructure. The administration is currently investigating various methodologies in the incorporation of technology in the learning process.
What are your thoughts on implementing a K through 8 foreign language programs in District 95?
We have discussed this issue periodically for several years. I think we need to have a gradual introduction to gauge the effectiveness of a program. Then, if warranted, we can extend the program throughout the grade levels.
How should District 95 address and fund its ongoing infrastructure needs?
With the construction and renovation work that has been completed recently, a majority of the pressing infrastructure needs were completed. We now have a maintenance program and the O/M budget can support the District’s normal maintenance needs. But, we have two aged buildings that will need to be updated to meet future educational needs and we are starting to plan for those changes.
What would you like to see in the next teachers’ contract? What would you change, if anything?
The current teacher’s contact is a win-win for all parties and at this juncture, I would keep the terms as-is.
What are your thoughts on District 95 possibly changing its grade-reporting system to one that’s standards-based?
Standards based grading more accurately gauges how the student is doing academically. This allows the staff to find out what areas the student is excelling at and where deficiencies are. When the areas for improvement are identified, then, through differential instruction, instruction is aligned to the student’s needs. This methodology should help foster the child to want to learn.
What other important issues do you think the next school board will face, and how would you like to see those addressed?
The Board will face several important issues, among them: the Common Core implementation, continuing financial funding issues, increased needs for technology; infrastructure revitalization, repairs and upgrades; teacher and staff contracts, staffing needs and increased enrollment. From my experience, the list can be infinitum. The key is deciding which issues take highest priority, when and how to implement the solutions. This is where and when experience is paramount.