Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Age: 50 years
Office Sought:School Board member District 204
Previous political experience:
Previous community involvement:
- District 102 Strategic Planning Committee
- District 102 Delegate Assembly 2006-2012
- Cossitt School PTC member
- Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, National Louis University, Evanston, IL
Occupation: Marketing, First National Bank of La Grange, La Grange, IL
Why do you want to be a school board member:
There are two reasons that I would like the opportunity to serve on the District 204 School Board.
I have always been deeply involved in education and would value the opportunity to continue to pursue my passion by serving on the School Board. I started my career in education as a classroom teacher at Brook Park Elementary School in La Grange Park. From there I took a position as a Child Development Specialist with the Department of Defense where I designed and implemented curriculum at a facility with 325 children. My next job was as the director of Georgetown University’s first Child Development Center. I hired the initial staff, developed the first curriculum and programs, and set the operating budget. When I started my own family, I quit working, but always filled my free time with opportunities that revolved around my children’s school and education. I was a curriculum advisor for the Kensington Schools, I was a room mother, I volunteered for the PTC, and at the District level, and I sat on District 102’s Strategic Planning Council that created the District’s goals, as well as participated in the Delegate Assembly that vetted District 102 School Board candidates.
The second reason I would like to serve on the LT School Board is that I grew up in La Grange and was lucky enough to attend LT. I received an invaluable education while having a wonderful time and now I see my children having the same experience. I believe LT is an amazing school filled with dedicated staff and administrators and I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve with them.
How many school board meetings have you attended in the last year? 3
What is the most important issue facing the next school board, and what should the solution be?
Budget. With new leadership in Springfield which has promised to reduce state funding for education, a strong movement within the state to reallocate what limited funding is available for education, and now a looming pension crisis, LT must find ways to reduce its operating budget in significant ways while maintaining its academic quality. This will mean looking at all programs, staffing and facilities with a goal of setting tough but realistic milestones.
If elected, what changes would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?
In my two year term, I would like to work with the rest of the board to continue to provide an outstanding education to the students of District 204 as we face this period of challenging economic times.
If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?
I am concerned with the amount of testing our students undergo. I clearly understand that some of the testing is required by the State of Illinois, and some add value by providing data to the administration and students to help assess their performance. I am not in favor of any additional testing on the whole, and were a proposal made, I would give it very careful consideration before making a decision.
What other issues facing the school district are of interest to you?
I am interested in all aspects the school district but am particularly interested in curriculum and programming, as that’s where my experience lies.