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O’Fallon District 90 school board candidate: Steven Hellin

Name: Steve Hellin

City of residence: O’Fallon

Age: 40

Family status: Married, two daughters

Education: Not provided

Occupation: Channel Sales Executive for a major technology company

Political party: N/A

Office sought: Seeking re-election to O’Fallon District 90 School Board

Campaign sites: www.facebook.com/SteveHellinDistrict90; www.stevehellin.com

Campaign email: shellin@of90.net

Previously held offices: O’Fallon District 90 School Board since April 2011 (president since April 2013); president, O'Fallon YMCA Branch Board; director, YMCA of Southwest IL Corporate Board

What qualifies you for this position?

“I possess strong leadership skills and am an effective communicator. Success on a school board requires the ability to keep an open mind, listen to a variety of differing opinions, and then build consensus around an optimal solution to a given set of challenges. The fact that the current board nominated me to be president after only serving for two years is evidence of my ability to lead by consensus building. Outside of my experience on the board, in my current job I lead a diverse worldwide cross-functional team that often has competing priorities and mandates. I effectively build consensus to drive optimal business outcomes. I also have experience in negotiating multimillion dollar contracts with business partners and customers.”

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

“The top issue facing District 90 continues to be our fiscal health. Our academic success and the excellent skills and reputation of our teachers and staff are the key strengths of District 90. We have very low instructional and operational costs per pupil relative to state averages, but our weakness is our limited financial reserves. Any decrease in state funding would require the district to make difficult cuts and/or borrow additional money. If re-elected I will work with the board and teacher’s union to develop proactive fiscal policies that consider the need for financial reserves to mitigate the impact of shortfalls in state funding and minimize the tax burden on the local community.”

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