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Kathleen Bossier: Candidate Profile

Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

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  • Kathleen Bossier, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

      Kathleen Bossier, running for Bensenville District 2 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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Bio

City: Bensenville

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 57

Family: Three sons, one grandson

Occupation: Director of Curriculum in another DuPage County School District

Education: Master of Science Education

Civic involvement: Community Foundation Bensenville Intergovernmental Group Representative Former Sting Swim Team Volunteer Former Cub Scout Leader

Elected offices held: School Board Member for Elementary School District 2

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

1. Preparing students to be College and Career Ready --This is part of our strategic plan of action. Every year this plan is reviewed and updated. Schools are about the community children and making sure that they are prepared for the next stage of their lives.

Key Issue 2

2. Fiscal Responsibility to the Taxpayers-- The district pays attention to how it spends its money so that the dollars budgeted align with our plan of action. Asking questions about the budget continues to be a priority so that I can make the best decisions.

Key Issue 3

3. Creating and maintaing a safe environment for student learning in the new schools-- Supporting initiatives that help students learn how to get along with one another creates safe environments. The design of the school makes the building safe too.

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?

The shift to the Common Core Standards is a nationwide movement making expectations for students more rigorous. The goal is to make all students College and Career Ready. The school board supports curriculum and technology aligned to these standards. Please visit the school district website for more information: www.bsd2.org .

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 school district has tirelessly worked to prepare students for the next stage by creating curriculum and making decisions based on achievement. The data informs teachers, administrators and the Board of Education what is necessary to raise student achievement. The district has focused on every type of learner- including the gifted, the struggling student, the second language learner, and the majority. Our logo includes the words "Preparing Students for a World of Opportunity". There is an emphasis on thinking critically. Our Assistant Superintendent has been involved at the National Level bringing ideas to the district that strenghtens programs.

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?

Our district is healthy financially. We continue to build budgets that are responsible. The board has set financial goals for our administration that has kept our budget in line.

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?

Candidate did not respond.

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?

Candidate did not respond.

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