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City: Lake Forest
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Rondout Elementary D72, 4-year term
Family: Married, 8 children, 13 grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa 1958
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: Dist. 72 Board member for 37 years
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO
Key Issue 1
Fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget
Key Issue 2
Providing every student with an education that allows them to reach their full potential during the years we are charged with their education.
Key Issue 3
Continuing to expand and develop our curriculum to meet the needs presented by an ever changing world.
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 quite satisfied that we are preparing students well,however,there needs to be constant evaluation of programs and curriculum to be current with educational advances and improvements.
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?
We are fortunate that we do not have any severe budget issues. The down turn in construction and decrease in property values is a concern since our district relies heavily on property taxes.
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.
Candidate did not respond.
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 must be honest in their dealings with the unions and expect that the unions will see the necessity of keeping employee costs about the same considering the current economy.
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?
I do not support a raise for the sole purpose of raising pension benefits. I believe a raise should be commensurate with the duties and the work expended.