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Wesclin Community Unit School Board candidate: Sandra Padak

Name: Sandra Padak

Address: Trenton

Age: 46

Education: Wesclin High School graduate; bachelor of science degree in elementary education from SIUE; masters of science degree in special education from SIUE; specialists degree in educational leadership from SIUE; post graduate certificate in educational leadership with superintendent endorsement from University of Illinois

Occupation: Principal at Triad Community Unit School District 2

Previously held offices: I have served on the Wesclin School Board for 12 years. Currently, I am the school board president. Previously, I served as a vice president.

What qualifies you for the position?

“I have perspective in several areas as I am a parent, teacher, administrator and board member. Understanding all of these perspectives, helps me make decisions in a matter that considers everyone who is involved. My background experience as a special education teacher and principal gives me a strong knowledge base to understand the challenges in the educational field. I also have several educational degrees which have kept me current with best instructional practices. Additionally, I have experience as a veteran board member for 12 years and understand the history of the district.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“With revenue sources being cut back by the state and expenditures increasing, Wesclin is facing challenging fiscal times. The past several years state funding has been pro-rated. While the state has not balanced their budget, school districts are expected to have a balance budget. The only way to solve the problem is to find a way to increase revenue and/or cut expenditures. It will be essential to continue to educate community members so they understand the school funding issues and encourage members of the community to contact legislators demanding schools be funded as promised. School expenditures will need to be monitored closely to ensure district money is utilized in the most efficient manner.”