Jennifer Khan: 2021 candidate for Libertyville District 70 board
Seven candidates for four four-year seats
Age: None given
Occupation: Real Estate Broker, BHHS Chicago
Civic involvement: President, Butterfield Family Association; Member of Lake County Democratic Women; Libertyville Township Democrats, Precinct Committeeperson
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'm running because I want to ensure D70 continues to be a great district, with leaders that care about all students and make it a point to engage our community. It's time to end the communication gap between our administration and our parents, and work together to make District 70 the best it can be for all of us.
Q. How would you grade the current school board on its response to the pandemic? Why?
A. Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back and knowing what we know now, we can easily identify gaps and things we should have done better or different. In all fairness, many school boards across Lake County have the same issues. I believe Libertyville District 70 Board of Education did what they could with the information they had. Our district administration and teachers did a fantastic job setting up eSchool that enabled students to learn. They brought students on IEP and 504 plans into the buildings followed by all students that preferred/requested/required an in-person option. They also provided a virtual solution for those students that preferred/requested/required learning remotely.
Q. How do you view your role in confronting the pandemic: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents -- even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state authorities?
A. As a school board member it is important to listen to the constituents, follow the science and do what is best for all students.
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. Initially our district created a solid eSchool program. Then they began bringing students with IEP's and 504 plans. Our district has been in hybrid since October and has recently slightly increased the time with their synchronous teacher. Our district is also looking at a plan to bring all students that want or need a full day of school back this school year.
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. With an asymptomatic testing protocol, social distance, masks and hand washing school can accommodate all students that wish to return to in-person.
Q. What is your position on allowing high school sports to continue during the pandemic? Be specific.
A. I am running for an elementary and middle school district. Sports were disrupted at both levels however, you have to listen to and follow the science and that is what IHSA did.