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:
Riverside Brookfield High School Board
Chairman Zoning Board Of Appeals Village Of Brookfield
Planning Commission Village Of Brookfield
Chairman Brookfield 2020 Master Plan
Previous community experience:
St. Louise Men’s Club Member
St. Louise School Board President
Occupation: Sales Administration Manager, Wholesome Harvest Baking LLC
Education: DePaul University B.S., DePaul University MBA
What is the long-term financial outlook of the school district?
The financials at the school are good in 2018 RB scored 3.8 out of 4.0 which placed the school in the Financial Recognition category. This rating shows that the school is sound financially. The school’s financial projections for the next 5 years will help to identify if there will be issues in the future. The board will need to develop a plan to eliminate any deficits.
Will there be a need to seek new revenues via a referendum, and would you support seeking such a referendum?
A referendum would be my last choice to eliminate a deficit. The area tax payers in 2011 rejected the last referendum by over 70%. We must look at the school’s budget to determine areas to lower expenses but not at the sacrifice of our student’s education before I would support a referendum.
Are there programs or areas of the curriculum on which RBHS needs to focus more attention or less attention?
We must continue to look at our student data to help provide insight on where we are exceeding and what areas need improvement. Additionally we must continue to partner with our feeder districts to provide a foundation for our incoming freshman so that they will have the tools needed to succeed at RB. Finally, our 1 to 1 program is now in all classes we must look to develop new teaching methods to utilize this tool.
How would you rate the education being provided to students of all abilities at RBHS?
The students at RB receive a great education which provides the tools that will help them succeed after they graduate from RB.
RBHS is becoming a more diverse place in terms of student demographics. What is RBHS doing to address those changes?
The ability to understand the needs of these growing demographics by providing educational support, new classes and extra-curricular activities targeted to those students.
What more can be done?
We need to have administrators that have an understanding of this diversity which will allow them to help our teachers and school make them feel a part of the school not an outsider. Finally, we must support the student both internally and externally by providing outreach programs to those student’s families.
Explain your views on the relative advantage of assessments and using them to measure proficiency or growth.
I fully support the assessments that we are continually conducting on our students. Our student body is constantly changing and without these assessments we cannot provide the support to help them succeed. Education is constantly changing we must accept that change and develop plans to meet those changes so our student’s can succeed. Finally, these assessments should be shown to the feeder districts to help provide the data needed to help with their curriculums.
What other issues are important to you as a school board candidate?
Besides diversity the other important issue is to help those students who feel that college is not the path that they would follow after graduation. I would like to coordinate with the area high schools and local community colleges to develop a credited program for the Applied Arts. This plan would provide a possible future path for these students to create interests and expose them to college.
How would you advocate for them as a board member?
Work with our Superintendent on the development of a taskforce that would include administration, school board members and Applied Arts teachers from the area high schools and junior colleges. This group would help to develop a pilot program which could be tested and evaluated by this group.