On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have a background in business management. I have served on the Board of Education since April 2009. I have developed knowledge and understanding of school finance and school operations. The experience I have gained helps me to ask the right questions and make objective business decisions. Having served in various Board positions and on a number of committees I have been able to better serve the needs of our taxpayers, students, and community members.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
1. Continue to reduce our debt. 2. Maintain a balance between budget constraints and educational requirements. 3. Reduce operational expenses and improve educational opportunities.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
If the tax levy is frozen at the previous years level any new construction tax dollars would be lost or limited thus placing an additional burden on existing property owners. I believe that levying less that the full amount and tax abatement are better options.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
I have not taken issue with any decisions since serving on the Board. I have wished some actions may have been modified. However one needs to realize there are six other Board members you need to work with and make the best decisions to avoid gridlock.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Negotiating a new contract with the Geneva Education Association. I believe the contract was fair for teaches, students, taxpayers and our community.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I have worked hard to do a good job the past four years. I have made objective business decisions and always maintained an awareness of fiscal responsibility. I have tried to balance the concerns of all of our taxpayers, students and community members. I believe that the experience and knowledge I have gained while serving on the Board will allow me to become more effective. I will continue to represent the concerns of everyone in our District when making decisions.
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