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Office sought: Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 School Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, three children, Anastasia, senior @ Lake Forest College, Michael, sophmore @ North Central College and Jason Freshmen @ Fremd high School.
Education: BS in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 1975 Master of Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana, IL 1983
Civic involvement: Fremd Booster Club.
Elected offices held: Board of Education, Consolidate School District 15, 1997-2005 Board of Education, Township High School District 211, 2009-Present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO
Key Issue 1
Provide the best educational opportunities for all the children in District 211 by maintaining high standards and quality education.
Key Issue 2
Insure that the money is properly spent on the education of our students. This means we have the proper teachers and equipment that will encourage the learning process.
Key Issue 3
Provide the most condusive environment for our students to learn in without the fear of life, health and safety issues.
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 believe that the world today is constantly changing with new ideas and new technological achievements everyday. The basis common core is basically the same, however it is growing because of these advancements. Thirty or forty years the idea of a student having the use of a personal computer was considered obsured yet today, a student without one is well behind his fellow classmates. I feel it is necessary that the Board insure that the curriculum must be ever so changing to incorporate new technology and new concepts that will assist our students to be better equipped to deal in today world and society. The Board must also rely on the educators for changes in the curriculum and encourage them to sesk out new alternatives that could assist or motivate a student to learn more.
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?
Currently with two of my three children currently in college I have noticed that they are better prepared for the rigors of a college education then a lot of their peers. My childrens have informed me that they assisted many of their fellow students in their course work and even some course work that they have taken at Fremd and are not currently taking in their respective schools. All in all I am truly satisfied with the education that my children have received at District 211 and feel that they came out of school with an advantage in schooling then their present peers.
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?
The major budget concerns that I have are the business that appeal their property taxes. These appeals can go back anywhere from 1 to 4 years I believe. If the appeal is won by the businesses then the District must paid back these funds which in turn takes money away from our current budget and places a larger burden on the residential property owners. The only way to stop these appeals is to fight them in court and fight them through the appeal. Our district is teaming up with the elementary school districts to fight these appeals. I don't believe any cuts need to be made now. Any cuts made really would come at the expense of the education of the students. And this includes all the extra curricular activities which also assit in the education of our students. I do not support tax increases unless thay are necessary to maintain our level of a quality education in a safe healthy environment.
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?
I believe that in these economical times we should try to maintain the employee cost to remain the same. This would involve negotiations that would be a balancing act of possibly reducing pay and increasing benefits or vice versa. The important issue is to maintain the quality of education for our students.
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?
Substantial increases are the thing of the past. With the present pension crsis still looming the idea of increasing an adminstrator's pay would be ludicris. Since the pension may be passed back to the school districts and since the state has failed to fund their share this may be a huge crisis for all taxing bodies.