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Kerri Josefek: Candidate Profile

Queen Bee Elementary D16

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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: glendale heights

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Queen Bee Elementary D16

Age: 33

Family: Married, three children

Occupation: Administrative Secretary

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: Schools, Scouts

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Never

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Students. The children are my major concern. I think that the educational experience should be all that it can be. No matter how much money, they should ALL get the same education no matter how weathly or poor their district is.

Key Issue 2

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Key Issue 3

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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?

In my experience in the district so far, they have prepared my children for the next step in their school years. I contribute that to programs, staff, and class sizes that were smaller. This year I am not sure what the outcome will be or in years thereafter on the path it is going now.

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?

I do believe that no program should be eliminated within the schools. There are other ways to fund the program or even have teachers/administration salaries froze. I do not believe in a tax increase for local schools. The state should be the primary source of income.

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 think that teachers do bring alot to the table that are good and bad points of views. I do not have such experience and I would take in concideration the teachers and union views.

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 think that the board should expect employee costs to stay the same. It is all about the students and the students dont benefit from pay increases, it effects class sizes and programs within the schools.

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, simply because they are so near to retirement and I feel that it is like stealing to benefit yourself when the money could be going towards the schools, ie staff or programs or even improvements.