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.
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: DuPage H.S. D88
Family: Married with 4 children, 2 sons 22 and 19 2 daughters 21 and 17
Occupation: Police administrative support
Education: 1984 graduate of Addison Trail High School
Associates of Arts in Business Management Benedictine University 2008
Civic involvement: Kiwanis Club of Addison
Women's Club of Addison
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To continue the expected level of education while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
Key Issue 2
In what is expected to be continued economic difficulty, to find innovative ways to maintain programs, staff levels, deliver services and solve budgetary issues.
Key Issue 3
Continued strengthening of intergovernmental and community relationships.
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?
Curriculum, specialized programs and student support provided by the district are extremely effective preparation. I believe it is illustrated by the percentage of students who do go on to an educational program after graduation.
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?
A low CPI, delayed payments from the State and reduction in funding has created a difficult situation for all taxing bodies in our community. School districts have to maintain a balance of continuing to provide the services essential for a strong learning environment without overburdening the taxpayer. Each budget preparation must consider both. On the heels of BTF and Illinois' recent increase in income tax, I would not support a tax increase.
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 was responsible for an elementary school library for 2 years. I experienced first hand the hard work and dedication it takes to educate. I have the utmost respect for educators. The school board's primary responsibilty is to its students. While support from any individual or group is welcomed and appreciated, my responsibility is to the student.
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 board should always be an advocate for the student. Budgetary issues in relation to contracts, staffing and employee costs should be made with consideration to the districts ability to educate the student.
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?
Pension levels are set by state law. Artificially inflating a pension is an abuse. I would not support any action to inflate a pension level.