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Catherine A Stachura: Candidate Profile

Leyden Township H.S. D212

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  • Catherine A Stachura, running for Leyden Township H.S. D212

    Catherine A Stachura, running for Leyden Township H.S. D212




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City: Schiller Park

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Leyden Township H.S. D212

Age: 58

Family: Married, 7 children, 9 grandchildren

Occupation: Administrative Assistant

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts (Cub Master), School District 81 Board Member (16 years), Schiller Park Lions Club (President), Schiller Park Library Board (3 years-current)

Elected offices held: School District 81 Board Member (16 years), Schiller Park Lions Club (President), Schiller Park Library Board (3 years-current)

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Finance, Tax Payer Dollars spent on the education of children.

Key Issue 2

Quality of education. Keeping up to date with the times and the resources available for the schools.

Key Issue 3

Student disciplinary actions.

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?

I would like to know why East Leyden did not make the AYP in 2010. I feel that many students are not prepared for the next stage in their lives and would like to help change that.

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 need to work with the money that we are currently receiving. We need to cut administrative costs from the top all the way down.

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 never been a union member, and don't always support their agenda.

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?

Concessions but work our hardest to not stall our productivity from moving forward in the future.

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?

Most likely not, they are at the high end of the spectrum already.

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