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Signal Hill school board candidate: Laura Sforza

Name: Laura Havlin Sforza

City of residence: Belleville

Age: 50

Family status: Married

Education: Signal Hill School graduate, Belleville Township High School graduate, bachelor of science degree in industrial and organizational psychology, master of arts in labor and industrial relations; both degrees from at the University of Illinois.

Occupation: Grant writer, Signal Hill school board member and non-profit volunteer

Political party:

Office sought: Signal Hill School District 181 Board of Education

Campaign e-mail: laura.sforza@signalhill.net

Previously held offices: I was elected to the Signal Hill School District 181 Board of Education in 2007 and again in 2011 and served as board president (2009-2011) and board vice president (2012-present); Junior Service Club Board (2004-2010) and president (2006-2007); Rainbow Kids Childcare Center board member (2004-2007) and president (2007-2011); Signal Hill United Methodist Church Council; and Leadership Illinois Board (2007-2008 and 2014-present).

What qualifies you for this position?

“My work experiences in the financial services and non-profit sectors, grant writing, construction industry and contract negotiations along with being a Signal Hill School graduate and parent, community volunteer and eight year veteran Signal Hill School Board of Education member provide me with the qualifications to continue as an effective board member. I have shown proven leadership on the school board, in the community and in business. I am committed to serving as an advocate for the education of all of our students so they may reach their full potential. I am knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about Signal Hill School.”

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

“The top issue facing public education is student academic achievement and preparation for success in high school, college, careers and life. Schools must continue to focus on and better communicate how they are increasing parental involvement, overcoming the effects of family challenges on student learning and equitably preparing all students for future success. My efforts to address this issue include: maintaining small class sizes; increasing opportunities for technology interaction and exposure; maintaining arts, language, music and extra-curricular programs; increasing teacher professional development; providing the best physical environment for learning — and doing so in a fiscally responsible manner.”

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