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: APICS (American Produciton & Inventory Control Society) previous board member.
Previous community involvement: Coaching for the YMCA and AYSO organizations in addition to volunteering for activities at Forest Road School through the PTO and the Village Field Club swim club of La Grange Park, and the Lyons Swim Club of La Grange.
Education: Illinois State University in education and received his master’s degree in supply chain from Elmhurst College in Illinois.
Occupation: For the past 20+ years involved in Supply Chain and Procurement. Currently the VP of Supply Chain and Sourcing for Marmon Corporation of Chicago, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Additionally for the past 8 years I am an adjunct professor at Elmhurst College in their undergraduate and graduate Supply Chain Program.
Why do you want to be a school board member?
It is my goal to improve communication between the board, our community, our administrative staff and teachers, students and stakeholders.
I believe that my experience in working with other school districts on performance excellence and strategic plans allows me to work with our superintendent on development and implementation of these plans.
I have been fortunate to see and work globally in my supply chain and education career and because of this I feel that I can work with our administration and parents to develop the skills our students need to compete globally.
How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year?
Over the past year I have attending 7 board meetings and no less than 3 informational sessions related to district curriculum changes.
What is the most important issue facing the next school board and what should the solution be?
The fiscal condition of our district is a primary concern going into this election. Based on the finances as the currently stand, the district will require additional funds in order to avoid elimination of services and programs for our students.
I believe that it is imperative as a board member to begin the process of discussing in our community the importance of a financially strong district not just for the students, but for the overall community. In this discussion with the overall community the sharing of data and tradeoffs for not being able to adequately fund the district. This would involve transparency and communication on these important factors with the goal of fully funding the schools.
With this I also believe a review of our expenditures and an understanding of allocation of resources in the district is also required. I believe the importance of funding the schools is first and foremost, but transparency and review of expenditures must be completed.
If elected, what changes would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?
Development of a stable financial footing for our district which involves both revenues and expenditures.
Working with the board and our administrators on our Strategic Plans and processes that will allow us to move toward quality excellence. First through the evaluation at the state level but eventually the ground work for the federal level of evaluation.
If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?
I would want to understand any ideas that were contrary to funding our district. I believe this to be one of the most critical issues not just for our students, but our overall community.
Any notion to not fundamentally improve our overall communication with the community. We do many things to communicate, but we need to develop strong interpersonal communication between our board and the overall community.
What other issues facing the school district are of interest to you? Why?
There have been many new changes regarding our testing and homework with our students. As these standards for testing are brought down to our district from the federal and state government we must be active participants in feedback on the success or challenges with these new standards.
As a parent in the district I have seen several indications of potential changes to homework structure and curriculum structure in our district. As an educator at the college level I have experience on expectations and I want to be able to work with our administrators and teachers to ensure that these changes are the most beneficial for our students.