Tony Rosselli, 2021 candidate for Northwest Community High School District 214 school board
Eight candidates for four seats
City: Arlington Heights
Age: Candidate did not respond
Occupation: Business development and sales
Civic involvement: N/A
Q: Why are you running for this office, whether for reelection or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
A: I am running for this office to provide the best access to education for our children.
Q: How would you grade the current school board on its response to the pandemic? Why?
A: Failures. Every. Single. One. My leadership is one to return a voice to the parents. To provide full transparency and accountability of all school initiatives and tasks to the community. Its something we have not seen from this current board.
Q: Did your district continue to adequately serve students during the disruptions caused by the pandemic? If so, please cite an example of how it successfully adjusted to continue providing services. If not, please cite a specific example of what could have been done better.
A: D214 continued and continues to disenfranchise children. Children know when they are not wanted. D214's school board, its president and supervisor continued to pander to the Teacher's Union, when they should have been collaborating together to put a plan in place that allows students to be in school for a majority of the pandemic. D214 continues to disenfranchise students by continually moving guidelines, inserting adaptive pauses, and now children are not interested in returning to school, because its easier to cheat at home from the comfort of their beds.
Q: Do you have a plan on how to safely and effectively conduct classes in the spring? What have you learned from the fall semester that you would change in the spring?
A: Absolutely. I would work to adhere and implement CDC guidelines which states children can return to the classrooms en masse safely, and use those suggestions as that, not treat them as 'mandates.'
Q: What is your position on allowing high school sports to continue during the pandemic? Be specific.
A: Absolutely. Sports should have never been stopped. Furthermore, sports provides an outlet for all children, and helps them build leadership skills, they so desperately need. Lastly, sports helps ease the anxiety and depression many children have during this time of crisis.