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Alan Kumar: Candidate Profile

Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

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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.

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City: Oak Brook

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 39

Family: Married, Two children

Occupation: Medical Director

Education: MD

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: School Board

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

21st Century whole child education

Key Issue 2

Referendum for new school

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

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?

Role should be heavily involved and educated in setting expectations for success in the district

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?

Our district is very successful in preparing kids for future achievement but there is always room to improve.

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?

We have healthy fund balances and are using our improved fiscal discipline to make internal improvements for the education of the children.

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?

We want high quality faculty and are willing to pay competitive wages for that privilege. As wages increase, we expect something in return for those pay increases.

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 - it is unfair to the taxpayer.