Education

GEL ELECTION PROFILE: Glen Ellyn School District 87 Questions 16-20

Question 16: Recent Illinois law allows counties to create a sales tax revenue stream that is earmarked only for school construction/capital projects and is proportioned amongst county school districts based solely upon student enrollment numbers (i.e. it is not means-tested). Would you, as Board member, support or oppose D87 calling on the County Board to approve creation of such a tax?

Question 16: Do you have an opinion as to the optimal configuration for our District:
- local K-5, 6-8 at Hadley
- local K-6, 7-8 at Hadley
- local K-5, 5-6, 7-8 at Hadley

Terra Costa Howard: I will support the recommendations of the master facilities work.

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GEL ELECTION PROFILE: Glen Ellyn School District 87 Questions 11-15

Question 11: What is your position on implementing late days instead of full snow days?

Luke Bear: I believe snow days are disruptive and cost money and thus would try and limit the number of snow days. I would therefore be open to ½ day snow days. However, I have not studied the underlying interests on this issue and thus would defer a detailed answer until I heard from the teachers, parents, students and administration.

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Question 11: What are your thoughts on the number of meetings that teachers attend during the school day that necessitate the employment of substitute staff in the classroom?

Question 6: What set of skills and experience would you bring to the process?

Terra Costa Howard: As an attorney, I serve as a guardian ad litem for children, elderly and disabled adults. My role is to provide the court with a recommendation of what is in the individual’s best interest. The role of a board member is to balance educational decisions for the children with the community’s tax dollars.

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GEL ELECTION PROFILE: Glen Ellyn School District 87 Questions 6-10

Question 6: Why are these issues important to the community?

Luke Baer:
a.there is a symbiotic relationship between good schools and property values. Good schools help maintain or increase property values, high property values help support improvements in schools.
b.Due to the vagaries in State and Federal financial support and the disproportionate reliance on local property taxes for funding, deficit spending is not an option.
c.The Board must represent all students, all taxpayers, and all parents.

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GEL ELECTION PROFILE: Glen Ellyn School District 87 Questions 1-5

Question 1: What motivated you to seek a seat on the District 87 Board of Education?

Luke Baer: I am a write in candidate. I was motivated to run by the fact that only two candidates registered for the four open positions. The function of the Board is too important to allow it to become a victim of apathy.

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GEL ELECTION: Glen Ellyn School District 87 Board Candidate Profiles

March 19, 2009

On April 7, 2009, Glen Ellyn residents will have an opportunity to vote for four new District 89 School Board positions.

District 89 includes Glenbard East, Glenbard North, Glenbard South and Glenbard West.

The race consists of two candidates who met the deadlines for submitting their names on the ballot, or “filed”, and nine candidates who are considered write-ins.

Question 1: What motivated you to seek a seat on the District 41 Board of Education?

Terra Costa Howard: Four years ago when I ran, I felt the district was not heading in a positive direction. There were issues of leadership and transparency as well as facility concerns that needed to be addressed. During my tenure on the board we have addressed these and many other issues.

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Jack Kahler

Jack Kahler lives in Glen Ellyn with his wife Carolyn and their two sons, ages 9 and 4, who are both enrolled in District 41 schools. Jack was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts and attended public schools from K through 12. He has lived in the Chicago area since 1990. Since moving to Glen Ellyn in 2004, Jack has been active in the community and has served on several D41 committees.

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