Freeburg District 70 board member
Job: Vice President at Southwestern Illinois College
Education: Doctorate of Education - Educational Leadership - Saint Louis University; Master's of Education Administration - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; Bachelor's of Science - Biology - McKendree College
Previous offices: N/A
Qualifications: My extensive PreK-8th grade experience as an educator, my education, and my involvement in educational issues makes me uniquely qualified to be a school board member. As the father of three children ages 3, 9, and 11, I have a long-term vested interest in District 70. My 26 years of experience as an educator includes serving 6 years as a teacher, 16 years as a K-8 principal, and 4 years in higher education administration. I am currently a Vice President at SWIC. My commitment to learning is evident. I have earned the following: Bachelor's in Biology, Master's in Education Administration, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from McKendree College, SIU-E, and St. Louis University, respectively. I meet regularly with local, state, and national elected officials to impact education. I am acutely aware of the challenges facing schools, parents, businesses, and taxpayers in our district. Quality schools are the foundation of a quality community. I will strive toward continuous improvement to sustain and enhance District 70. I respectfully ask for your vote.
Top issues: 1. Fiscal management is essential. Issues surrounding Freeburg School District funding include cuts to state funding and the pension issue which drain money away from the classroom. Freeburg's General state aid shortfall in FY13 was $102,816 and may be $193,943 in FY14. My objective is to maintain the highest quality education for our community's families during these difficult times. 2. Be active with local, state, and national policy makers to positively impact District 70 including full funding of programs such as special education and transportation. 3. Support initiatives that are conducive to 21st century learning; hire and retain outstanding educators; strengthen the partnership between the school, parents and community. 4. Teacher-student ratio directly impacts student achievement. Keep class sizes at a level to allow student success while maintaining fiscal responsibility. 5. Manage the challenges of the necessary maintenance of updated textbooks and materials that are aligned with the new common core standards. I respectfully ask for your support on April 9.
Freeburg District 70 board member
Job: IT Project Manager
Qualifications: I am a father of two children that currently attend District 70 in third and first grade. What qualifies me, in my opinion, is my stake and concern in their progress and future in District 70 which they will be attending for years to come. I currently take an active roll in the school whenever given the opportunity to better understand the challenges and achievements my children and their peers are facing. This has provided valuable insight into the day-to-day lives of the students and their families. With a background in computer science, I am able to provide insight into new technologies that may be beneficial for the district to adopt without interrupting the integrity of the learning structure already in place. Having been through the school systems in Freeburg myself, and now watching my children enjoy their years in Freeburg, I want nothing but the best for my children and their peers and I want to be a part of making that happen.
Top issues: I feel that the top issues we face in our schools are similar to those being addressed in other school systems. Bullying, child safety, standardized curriculum, and budgeting are among these concerns. In my opinion, the school board should work with the administration to create the best possible environment for the students by working together to eliminate problems before they affect the student's academic future or personal well-being.