Name: Paul Pitts
City of Residence: Edwardsville
Age: Not provided
Family status: Married, two children
Education: BS Business Admin., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND; MS Degree Public Administration, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL
Occupation: 2014 Retired (21 years) SIUE Employee (Assistant Chancellor for Institutional Compliance); Air Force USAF Reserves Retired (8 years Active Duty /17 years).
Political party: Not provided
Office sought: Board of Education Edwardsville CUSD 7 School Board Member
Campaign website: www.resultsfordistrict7.com
Campaign Facebook account: www.facebook.com/resultsfordistrict7
What qualified you for this position?
“I am running for the school board, because I remain compassionately dedicated to the students, parents, teachers, staff and citizens of District 7 to ensure that our schools continue to operate efficiently and effectively so our children continue to receive a quality total educational learning experience provided by a highly qualified and caring faculty and staff in a safe environment. My experience as a board member has given me the know-how, knowledge, incite and vision to be an effective member on the board. I have served on the Board of Education for eight years and on the Personnel Committee, which is responsible for hiring District 7 employees and ensuring that quality teachers, administrators, and support personnel are in place to carry-out the educational process. I also serve on the Facilities Committee.”
What is the top issue in your race, and how could you address it?
“The budget crisis facing District 7 has been with us for the past seven years and may be with us for several years to come. The problems include declining state funding; little growth in the EAV (property tax revenues) and personnel and benefit expenditures, to name a few. The board has reduced expenditures by over $12 million, utilized all of its working cash reserves and issued new working cash bonds in order to maintain programs; avoid employee layoffs, maintained reasonable class size, and continually avoided going to the taxpayers for an Education Fund tax increase. Our board and district, along with every school district in Illinois, faces tough budget decisions, and will work with our legislators to explore new sources of revenues to support education.”