Michael B. Munda: Candidate Profile
Warren Twp. H.S. D121
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Office sought: Warren Twp. H.S. D121
Family: Married to wife Cindy for almost 23 years
Daughter Morgan, 19, student at Michigan State University, 2010 graduate of WTHS
Son Mitch, 17, junior at WTHS
Lake County Regional Office of Education Alternative Program
Education: M.A., Education Administration & Supervision, Roosevelt University, 1994
B.A., Education, Lakeland College, 1988
Civic involvement: Coached High School Athletics in Lake County for over 21 years (football & basketball)
Former Gurnee Youth Baseball Coach
Former Gurnee Park District Baseball & Basketball Coach
Parishoner of St. Patrick Church, Wadsworth
Gurnee resident for 22 years
Elected offices held: I am currently seated on the Warren Township High School Board.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
My main focus will be to keep a balanced operating budget. This has been accomplished consecutively for the past three years and the school district has received state recognition for its financial responsibility.
Key Issue 2
Warren is the largest high school district in Lake County and was named by Newsweek Magazine as "One of America's Best High Schools"" and is listed in the top 6% of public high schools in the country. The continued development of a rigorous curriculum must not stop here. I will explore new ways to challenge all of our students and give them the best possible academic preparation possible to find their best success.
Key Issue 3
Educational research supports that students who get involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to succeed than those who do not participate. Last year at Warren, over 1800 students were involved in athletics and 1700 in various other school sponsored programs. I will continue to support this essential part of the high school experience.
Would you be willing to pursue salary cuts or freezes when the next teachers union contract is negotiated? Explain your answer.
Contract negotiations will be based on available funds. The Teachers Union and the Board have shown a mutual respect for each other in the past and I believe and will work for this to continue with future contract negotiations.
Should rebates on interest paid from Build America Bonds be used to pay down a $24 million loan for construction projects as intended? Explain your answer.
It is important to first examine, investigate and understand all financial possibilities. Bonds, loans, interest, rebates, shortfalls, future predictions and other financial aspects are all part of the equation. I will support the best financial option that is in the best interest of our community and district.
What are your ideas for the district's future in the way of campuses? For example, should there be one large complex for all students on land the district purchased off Stearns School Road northwest of Gurnee Mills?
There are a number of factors that come into play if and when a third campus or complex may need to be constructed. For now, the main focus should remain on our current O'Plaine and Almond Campuses.
Should the district move forward with a plan to use part or all of its Stearns School Road land for athletic fields, possibly for the public at large, even though an estimated $1 million would be needed in roadwork for access to the property? Explain.
I feel it is not economically feasible at this time. The stakeholders in our community and the economy will drive this conversation when the time is appropriate.
Districts 121 and 56 combined bus service to save money. What other similar mergers or partnerships should be pursued?
This merger has proven to be a successful cost savings venture for both districts. I will continue to support and explore future possible money saving mergers within our school and community.
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