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Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Bloomingdale District 13 School Board (4-year Terms)
Age: Candidate did not respond.
Family: Married to Ron Klco for 23 years. Three children; Alexander, Veronica and Jacob Klco
Occupation: Senior Manager CS&L Product Supply Kraft Foods
Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Elmhurst College
Civic involvement: Lutherbrook child and family services volunteer National food bank volunteer Business Advisory Board, Elmhurst College
Elected offices held: Board of Education, SD13 6 years
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no
Key Issue 1
To continue to provide the children and families of sd13 with an excellent education while being a good stewart of the tax dollars allocated to the school budget for all constituents in the village.
Key Issue 2
To maintain the strong reputation of the school district as a destination place for teachers and adminstrators.
Key Issue 3
Balance the financial capabilities with the needs of the school district, children, staff and all constituents.
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?
The common core standard is a move in the right direction. We are blessed to have a very talented staff who is committed and dedicated to the children of sd13. Therefore the gap that may exist for some schools is not going to be felt in sd13. The staff and board have worked closely together on curriculum and students in the past. It has served us very well and I trust the process will continue to work well as we evolve to the common core standards.
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?
As a team the board and staff are continously looking at how well our students are transitioning to the next stage of life. We utilize not only curiculium but practices that convert into useful skills as they go to the next level of education, work, etc. These skills are demonstrated through charector counts, team assignements, utilizing planners, etc. As technology and education continue to increase and evolve our goal is to stay on trend with those changes
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?
Candidate did not respond.
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?
Contract time is always a time for evaluating current practices on both sides of the agreement. The BOE will review each request dilengently while taking any potential financial obligations that may be passed down through the state, etc. into consideration. It has always been our intention to have a sound relationship with our teaching team and provide the best support possible.
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?
A Superintendent, along with the entire staff, should be compensated appropriately while they are working with consideration towards retirement. However, I do not support boosting pension benifits through substantial increases at the end of a career. These are things that should be a consideration throughout the career of an educator. Much like the private sector.