Rich Davis: Candidate Profile
Carol Stream Elementary District 93 School Board
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City: Carol Stream
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Family: Married 39 yrs with 3 grown children
Occupation: Ins Agent
Education: Associates Criminal Justice
Civic involvement: I am in my 33rd year serving in children's ministry. I also serve in men's ministry and
as a prayer group and prayer counselor.
I also serve as a site leader with Carefest.
The last 5 years at schools in district 93.
Elected offices held: I am a committeeman now.
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
I am running to serve our community.
Last year I became a committeeman.
I enjoy it but felt the need to go forward and serve at a higher level.
What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?
I can only speak from what I am learning.
I have had three children in district 93 school system in the past,none at this time. As long as each student grows and is making progress for themselves as individuals, it is a success.
Not everyone does well on standardized testing.
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 like that this is done by a committee of teachers and parents from each school.
I would encourage each parent to take a role and to get involved at their child's school.
Parents will get more out of it
than they put into it.
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 or fee increases?
District 93 is fortunate to have a strong financial base. However the local school districts are
at the mercy of the State of Illinois. As I understand the district has at present a surplus. I can't speculate on any problems that are yet to come to reality.
What role can and should school choice play in your district? If Congress or the state approves a voucher system or other means giving students broader choices among public and private schools, how will that affect your district? What is the appropriate response for the board of education of a public school system?
As a school district we can only embrace what comes our way. A voucher system could cause a budgeting nightmare for a local school district. Based on the past when families were given a choice very few
changed. Again as I understand district 93
is fortunate to have well rated schools.
I believe the board will continue to do the best for each student.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
I believe the purpose of the school board is
to do the best in it's power to serve the students. They are our future. The future leaders of our country both on a local and national level.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
This is a hard question. I have been fortunate to see many good examples.
If I had to single one it might be Peter Roskam.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Invest you time and energy in people not the pursuit of things.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I know that the journey I am on was planned by God for me. So I would not change a thing.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
In grade school it was math. Later on history. Learn from the past.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Life is not about money or things, it is about finding your purpose in life and living for God's glory.