Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Forest Park Review sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
What brought about your interest in running for District 91 School Board?
As a long time resident, I decided it was time to step up and get involved. I have always admired those who put themselves out there in order to stand for what they think is important. I have watched the schools raise our taxes so high that the reserves seem excessive to me while the quality of education does not seem to be improving at the same rate. I realize that it is not as simple as that but I feel that rather than just being a complainer I want to try to do something. That something is to run for the board and I look forward to building support as I move forward with my campaign.
How long have you lived in Forest Park? 15 years
Do (did) you have children in the D 91 system? How many and what ages?
I have a son who is a senior at St. Joseph in Westchester. Vanessa had a daughter who was a D91 student, who passed away 12 years ago.
Did you yourself attend D 91 schools? No
What do you see as the three top challenges to the district?
Improving the school’s report card, rebating or decreasing the tax impact on the property owners while sustaining high morale for the district employees.
How would you rate the current school board? I see no reason to.
How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year? 0
Are you a member of any other District 91 organizations (PTO, Advisory council, etc.?) No
What do you think should be the top three priorities of the D 91 School Board? See above