Lebanon District 9 board member
Job: VP, Koenig Farms Inc.
Email: None provided
Education: Associate degree
Previous offices: Current school board member
Qualifications: I am a lifelong resident and graduate of Lebanon High School District, with two daughters currently enrolled in high school there. I have many years helping manage a farm business, and know how to be fiscally conservative. I have a general care for the community and concerns for the future of this great school district. I am fully aware of the challengesthe district faces, and look forward to serve and will do my best to improve Lebanon District 9 for both now and years to come.
Top issues: The continuing drop in state and federal funding is persistant battle. The decision for the district to add a new elementary school. Student safety, always important, but on everyones minds more now, because of several recent tragedies. Also continuing to find ways to keep the district running efficiently with positive growth.
Lebanon District 9 board member
Job: Building Service Worker
Education: AAS from SWIC (BAC)
Previous offices: School board eight years
Qualifications: I have been on this school board since my oldest daughter was in the seventh grade. She is now a junior in college. Just as I have watched her and my other two children grow and flourish, I have seen many positive improvements in our school district. Enrollment in the lower grade levels has increased to where we now have three sections of kindergarten, first, and second grades. Our ISAT scores are in the top 20 percent, and our PSAE scores are the highest in St. Clair County. Our students consistently rank in the top levels in academic competitions, and our athletics programs always field strong contenders. We have strived to increase our curriculum offerings thru in class courses, Illinois Virtual High School, and dual credit/dual enrollment at SWIC. And through cooperation with McKendree University, our young students are able to benefit from interaction with the freshest and brightest education majors. None of this is possible without a dedicated faculty, administration, and student body. I am proud to be associated with this group, and hope to continue to be a small part of its continuing success.
Top issues: I believe the biggest issue with our school district, like most others, is finance. We strive each year to do more and more with less and less. Currently, the state of Illinois is $167,700 behind in payments to our district. There is only so much that any school can cut and still provide for a quality education. We, as elected school officials, must ensure that our students are given the best education possible in the midst of this financial struggle. We are fortunate to have a creative and resourceful administration and faculty that continues to work together through this trying time to insure student success. In spite of these tough economic times, our community voted to build a new elementary school. Due to the state's financial woes, there is virtually no possibility that they will contribute to this project. Because of this, we are currently working with Holland Construction and Ittner Architects to design a new school that will meet the growing needs of our students while still being financially accountable to our taxpayers. The next few years are sure be an exciting time for Lebanon.
Lebanon District 9 board member candidates James A. Lopresto, Carl Thomas Berry and Gary J. Haas did not respond.