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Robert J. Buehler, 4 years: Candidate Profile

Antioch-Lake Villa Area H.S. D117, 4-year term

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City: Lindenhurst

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Antioch-Lake Villa Area H.S. D117, 4-year term

Age: 49

Family: Married to Maureen for 26 years, Four Daughters: Melissa, A graduate of Lakes High School and at ISU for speech pathology, Emily a Junior at at Lakes and class President, Abbey Honors Student at Lakes, and Lisa Honors student 8th grade at Millburn.

Occupation: Owner of RJB automotive in Lindenhurst for 19 years. Commercial property investor

Education: Graduated Libertyville High School along with Wyoming Technical Institute

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: Millburn district 24 board member for the past 8 years, Vice President for 4 years and current President

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Balance Budget

Key Issue 2

Maintain the quality education within the constraints that the voters have indicated

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

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?

From the outside looking in it appears that the district is doing a wonderful job preparing these young adults for the next chapter in there lives. I hope to continue this tradition.

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 will continue to have budget issues that will always be at the forefront of the boards decision process. The first process is to evaluate the non core curriculum and make adjustments that least effect the students. The budgets is mostly made up of salary and benefits that would have to be reduced as a last resort. I support a tax increase as a last resort and believe in the process of asking the voters for there opinion and carrying out their wishes.

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 believe that each situation is different and should be evaluated on it own merit. Having an open mind in the decision making process in most valuable when working on a board with seven opinions as to addressing issues.

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?

The state is moving towards goal related evaluations and compensation for hard work. I believe in this type of pay and benefits. The issue that needs be be addressed is how to equally evaluate teachers, staff, and administrators without bias.

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, the benefits that an administrator receives upon retirement should be based on actual work history and salary. This should not be inflated to bypass the intent of the system