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City: Carol Stream
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Carol Stream Elementary District 93 School Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, 2 Children
Occupation: Marketing Director
Education: Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling, Bradley University, 1994 Bachelor of Science in Public Relations/Advertising, Bradley University, 1991
Civic involvement: CCSD 93 Boundaries Advisory Committee - 2012 CCSD 93 Facilities and Safety Advisory Committee - 2 years Roy DeShane Elementary School Building Leadership Team - 3 years District Leadership Team - 2 years Park District Soccer Coach - 12 years
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
School Safety and Security
Key Issue 2
Maintaining and building upon high quality of services CCSD 93 delivers to students requiring instructional support services i.e. IEP, ELL and other special needs.
Key Issue 3
Living within our financial means
What do you think about the shift to the common core standards? How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum?
I support the move to the common core standards. I think that the school board should help set goals for the district and let the experts (teachers and administrators) decide best on how to achieve those goals.
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 a technological standpoint I feel we are moving in the right direction - i.e., the 1:1 initiative. We are building a solid base for our children to build upon in their future educational and employment endeavors. Our schools do a great job in facilitating transitions from elementary to middle schools and from the middle schools to Glenbard North.
What budget issues will your district have to confront and what measures do you support to address them? If you believe cuts are necessary, what programs and expenses should be reduced or eliminated? On the income side, do you support any tax increases?
Decreased home values are concern, but the district seems to be weathering the storm well. The district has been working hard at reducing operation costs and this needs to continue. As a homeowner in Carol Stream, I would not support a tax increase without exhausting all other viable options.
As contract talks come up with various school employee groups, do you believe the district should ask for concessions from its employees, expect employee costs to stay about the same as they are now or provide increases in pay or benefits?
With the economy as it is right now, I would expect that costs would stay about the same. I would not support large increases in pay, nor would I support reducing benefits. I would like to see a solution that is fair to both the employees and the taxpayers.
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, I would not support a "substantial" increase in their salary. I would support a "bump" of sorts if it was part of a contract. There are state rules in place limiting the the size of an increase allowed.