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John Kenwood: Candidate Profile

Glen Ellyn Elementary D41

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  • John Kenwood, running for Glen Ellyn Elementary D41

    John Kenwood, running for Glen Ellyn Elementary D41




Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Glen Ellyn

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Glen Ellyn Elementary D41

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married, three children ages 14,13, and 11

Occupation: Technology Services

Education: Business Administration - University of Texas in Austin 1984

MBA Finance - University of Illinois Urbana 1992

Civic involvement: Board of Education

Lakers Soccer Coach

Elected offices held: D41 Board of Education - current

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Ensuring our schools and curriculum prepare all our students for competing in a global economy

Key Issue 2

Fiscal Management and accountability in education

Key Issue 3

Collaboration with the community and continued support for special education

Questions & Answers

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?

D41 is doing a great job educating our children. I beleive we need to continue to raise our standards and continue to enrich our curriculum to be able to compete in the 21st century

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?

The district is financially sound and has a high rating from the State of Illinois. Several cuts were made over the past year, and we will continue to do what is necessary to be fiscally responsible.

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 have neither, and would not accept support from either.

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?

All talks should be directed at evolving our education model to support 21st century education. It should also be done within the boundaries of resources and fiscal responsibility.

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?