I have served on the CUSD 303 School Board for the past four years chairing the Policy Committee and serving on the St. Charles Housing Commission and Norris Recreation and Cultural Arts Centers. I am also the mother of a St. Charles East High School graduate and the grandmother of two future D303 students. I am a college educator and am the principal owner of a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and leadership development. A resident of St. Charles for the past 15 years I have been an advocate of strong schools and a spokesperson for sustained and exemplary educational opportunities for our children and our families.
Having worked as a teacher in both Catholic and public schools, I have practical insight into what constitutes effective, efficient policy and resource allocation. Experience in private industry management, along with multiple terms on the Proviso Teachers Union Executive Board allows for an organizational understanding from multiple angles. This can prove helpful in regular board decision-making as well as in oversight of contract negotiations, where an understanding of the needs of management and the teachers is important.
My main contribution include facility & finance expertise. I was an independent businessman, which had dealings with the public, bargaining units,& management, I have learned thru my business what it takes to run a successful enity. The skills necessary for good leadership w/in business are the same skills which should be applied to public faction. I have passion for the community & school district... most of all I beleive every students education, should prepare them for society.
Am a current board member.
I have been on the Board of Education since 2009 and have been the President since 2011. In that time we have had countless schools receive national recognition for excellence. The district also century received record high scores in parent satisfaction from the latest parent survey. In addition, I have a deep background in finance which helps with the many budget / finance issues that come before the Board.
With over 25 years as a successful businessman, a current parent of a D303 student, and taxpayer in the district. I have a deep passion for I’m a current member of the D303 Board of Education.
I am a retired public school teacher with 39 years of classroom experience at both middle school and high school levels. I have a Master’s in Education and have numerous classes beyond this degree. In my 39 years as an educator, I have viewed schools through the lens of a caring parent, passionate educator, trusted colleague and student advocate. This vision provides a tremendous amount to offer, which I believe would be invaluable to the CUSD 303 Board of Education. For specifics on my experience and education I would invite you to visit my website at www.electjimconro.org.
I attended Western Illinois University for 2 years until my funds were exhausted and could no longer continue. For 4 years I was assigned to the Judge Advocate General after special training in the U.S. Army. I was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant E-5 from U.S. Army Europe. After discharge, went on to paralegal training, was certified and worked over 25 years in the private sector. As a paralegal, it was my job to manage cases and research material to be presented in cases to the court. I currently read 12-15 hours per week. In my view, this is required to disseminate the vast amounts of material necessary to be an effective school board member. I have 30 years experience in leadership and dealing with governmental affairs in both the United States and Europe.
I have lived and been a home owner in the Saint Charles school district since 1996. I am married to a former teacher from Park Ridge-Niles School District 64. We have five children, all boys that attend D303 schools. Through the next five years, we will have a son at each level of the district- grade school, middle school and high school. I believe this gives me a unique perspective on the future of the district.