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City: Hanover Park
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Carol Stream Elementary D93
Family: Divorced with two children
Occupation: Production Manager for small printing company. Also started my own landscape business.
Education: Some college.
Civic involvement: Father
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Yes. When I was around 20 years old, I was convicted of a crime involving a substance control. I have not been arrested or convicted in the past 25 years.
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How satisfied are you that your district is preparing students for the next stage in their lives, whether it be from elementary into high school or high school into college or full-time employment? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made?
I am satisfied that the district is involved in the education of our children. We need to make students, parents, teachers, administrators and the entire community involved with these decisions regarding education and make us all accountable.
What budget issues will the district have to confront? What measures do you support to address them? If cuts are needed, be specific about programs and expenses that should be reduced or eliminated. Do you support any tax increases for local schools?
Every source of income and all expenditures should be thoroughly analyzed to determine its effectiveness. I am sure nobody wants a tax increase but most would accept it if truly needed.
Is experience as a teacher or support from a union valuable because it suggests educational insights or detrimental because it creates pro-teacher bias? Please clarify whether you have such experience or would accept union support.
I am not a fan of unions but understand how important it is to its members. I have never been a part of any union but would gladly accept its support.
As contract talks come up with various employee groups, what posture should the board take? Do you believe the district should ask for concessions, expect employee costs to stay about the same as they are now or provide increases in pay or benefits?
I believe the board should what is best for the children of our community. Pay and benefit increases should be based on merit only not because contracts are expiring.
If your district had a superintendent or other administrator nearing retirement, would you support a substantial increase in his or her pay to help boost pension benefits? Why or why not?
No. Pay should be based on merit not retirement. Why should we pay someone more now who is close to retirement when we have funded some of his retirement already. Sounds foolish.