1. What professional experience and education qualifications do you believe you possess that is relevant to your new role on the Board of Education?
I have a B.S. in Finance from Illinois State University. My experience from a 35-year career in banking prepares me to bring a unique skill set to the Board. I have dealt with complex financial challenges, solved problems, and have experience working with attorneys, accountants and auditors.
2. How has your education and/or community involvement prepared you for this office?
What has prepared me most for this office is family. My family has a long-term commitment to the community, the school district and public education. We have had a student in CM 201-U schools for each of the last 25 years. My wife, Cheryl, was born and raised in Crete. We continue to be active in the community and give our time to a number of local charitable organizations.
3. What are you priorities as an incoming board member?
My vision for the Board is pretty simple -- getting back to basics. This means adhering to the basic principles of IASB’s School Board Governance, including the Code of Conduct established by the Illinois Association of School Boards. I firmly believe it is the Board of Education’s responsibility is exhibit leadership and to set a standard of conduct for all to follow. My top priorities as a Board member will be to return the district to financial stability, make the classroom a priority and ensure a safe learning environment. Focusing on the classroom is two-fold. The Board has a responsibility to oversee that resources are spent wisely, directed to the educational opportunities for all of the district’s children so that they can achieve their maximum potential. It also means ensuring that teachers and support staff believe that they have a Board and administration that supports them, appreciates them, and seeks to retain their talents year after year.
4. What is your educational philosophy?
I want every student, whether Pre-K or a senior in high school, to walk through the school door every day knowing they have a right to a great education and an opportunity for a successful future. If every student arrives with a willingness to learn, respect for others and strives to make every day be the best it can be; the Board of Education, administration and staff owe it to them to make it happen.