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Office sought: Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 School Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married. two children.
Occupation: Currently a microbiologist at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Recently (2010) retired from the United States Army as a colonel. Teaching experience at Harper College, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University and the military.
Education: B.S. Biology, Northern Illinois University M.S. Microbiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia M.B.A. Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Command and General Staff College, United States Army
Civic involvement: Commander, Ukrainian American Veterans 1LT Ivan Shandor Post 35, Palatine Member, American Legion Post 690, Palatine Member, Reserve Officers Association Member, Military Officers Association of America Member, Army of the United States Association American Society of Microbiology Illinois Society of Microbiology American Society of Clinical Pathologists Instructor, CERT, Palatine Member, Citizen Corps Council, Palatine Chapter Leader, ACT for America
Elected offices held: N/A
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Establish fiscal responsibility by providing alternative suggestions to lowering the tax burden on the citizens of d211. There is no reason for constant 3.5% increases.
Key Issue 2
The schools need to integrate patriotism in the school curriculum by teaching them about the principles of our founding fathers. Invite veterans to the schools to explain the role of the military during Veterans Day. Establish an Army jROTC program and coordinate efforts with surrounding jROTC programs.
Key Issue 3
It is imperative that schools together with parents teach our children critical thinking, but there needs to be a moral compass taught. If a student ends up believing in nothing, then they will believe in anything. In the current war against Islamic terrorism, this becomes critical.
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 schools today have too many electives in too many areas. However, we need to emphasize English, math, science and history. History needs to be taught in an interactive format, how the past applies to the present and how we can move into the future having learned the lessons of history.
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?
The district can do a much better job preparing students for the next step. Students need to know why they are Americans and understand American exceptionalism. They also need to understand what made this Nation great. Without these basic foundations, they will fail at critical thinking and fail to protect this country.
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?
Nol tax increases, the burden is too high. We must start by no increases, followed by a review of the curriculum. There is no need for d211 to be like Harper College. We need to prepare students to be successful in college by emphasizing the basics including American history, not politically correct history.
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?
An assessment needs to be made as to what the district can afford. At this rate we will bankrupt the schools and force homeowners to abondon their homes. This situation can be avoided by careful planning.
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?
Of course not. This practice needs to end, I would be surprised if d211 still condones this practice.