Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Office sought: School Board Member
Previous political experience:
- Member of District 95 School Board, since 2003
Previous community experience:
- Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts
- Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
- Graduate Study – Diploma in Public Accounting, CPA
Occupation: Business Manager, St. Louise de Marillac Parish
The school district is experiencing overcrowding, particularly at Brook Park School and the board has taken steps to temporarily relieve that strain. How must the board approach this issue for the future?
The board has taken a two-step approach to this issue. Temporary additional classroom space is expected to manage class size in the short term however the board is currently exploring long term solutions to address anticipated increases in student population within District 95, including new construction and renovation.
Should foreign language instruction be expanded in District 95? If so, how should that be done? If not, why?
From my initial term as a school board member, I have been a strong proponent of foreign language instruction. There have been good successes at the middle school, where scheduling is more flexible. As the board has explored other models of infusing foreign language at the elementary school, good options would require additional resources that are currently unavailable. However, as a result of the work the board is presently undertaking, options for expanded foreign language at the elementary school will continue to be explored.
How well has District 95 integrated technology into its curriculum? Has it been successful? How should the district approach technology in the future?
With guidance from the Superintendent, the board has taken a measured approach with technology implementation. Resources have allocated to ensure that the District’s infrastructure needs were upgraded, including electrical distribution and wireless access in both buildings. Equipment and software are updated on a regular schedule. The board has provided the personnel necessary to support instruction and provided professional development. While these steps have been taken, the board has continued to explore the issue of technology integration in the classroom and the appropriate model for the students in District 95.
District 95 changed its grade-reporting system to a standards-based one at Brook Park School but has not done so at Gross Middle School. What are your thoughts on the new grade-reporting method? Should it be continued and expanded to include Gross Middle School?
SBR is a natural extension of the implementation of CCSS. Measuring and reporting mastery of a set of standards allows for continued improvements in curriculum, assessments and intervention strategies.
The SBR is presently being piloted at SEG, with a planned implementation following the implementation at Brook Park.
How should District 95 address and fund its ongoing infrastructure needs?
The district’s future maintenance needs should adequately be met through the current funding available in the Building & Grounds Fund, as a result of the recent renovations, improvements and staffing changes that have be made.
Consideration of new building construction and significant building renovation would generally require funding in addition to the current funding available to the district.
What other important issues do you think the next school board will face, and how would you like to see those addressed?
Electronic registration is perhaps the next operational efficiency that the new school board should address.