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Benny Yee: Candidate Profile

Emmons District 33 School Board (4-year Terms)

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  • Benny Yee, running for Emmons District 33 School Board (4-year Terms)

      Benny Yee, running for Emmons District 33 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: Antioch

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Emmons District 33 School Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 41

Family: Married, Three children

Occupation: Firefighter, Paramedic, CPR,ACLS,PALS, ITLS Instructor. EMS Dispatcher, State of Illinois Lead Instructor, Fire And Arson Investigator, Fire Prevention Officer.

Education: Luther High School North, Chicago, Il. Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Il. Triton College, River Grove, Il.

Civic involvement: National Association of EMS Educators, AHA Member. Will be looking to join the Lion Club.

Elected offices held: Northwest Community Hospital EMS Advisory Board Alt. member. Woodland Ridge HOA, unit 6, President.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Teacher's pension, benefits, and salaries.

Key Issue 2

District consolidations.

Key Issue 3

Building maintenance.

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?

Being informed and engaged in our children education is extremely important. Choosing the curriculum is another matter, I believe we should leave that to educational staff. Many of the our teachers are parents and I certainly feel that they have our students best interest at heart.

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?

Very satisfied. We seem to have teachers who are willing to help our children succeed and develop.

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?

As with many districts money will always be a overwhelming concern. We will work with the teachers / union to resolve any teacher pay or benefits issues. As for cutting programs/benefits this will be brought to our community/taxpayers. I envision myself as an extension and voice of the community.

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 would not ask for concessions. Cost of living should be maintained.

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

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