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9 Candidates, 4 School Board Seats—20 Questions

What questions would you like Geneva Patch to ask the nine School Board candidates in the April 9 election?

Barring any challenges to petitions, nine candidates are seeking four positions on the Geneva School Board.

What 20 questions do you think these folks ought to answer between now and the April 9 election day? Let us know in the comments field below, or leave a comment on Geneva Patch's Facebook site.

The nine candidates, in order of the ballot, are:

Mark Grosso, 7 Bridgeport Lane, Geneva, IL 60134

David Joseph Lamb, 1401 Fairway Cr., Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-208-7302 Email davidlamb2@aol.com

William R. Wilson, 39W651 Terney Ln., Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-208-0624 Email wrw0660@gmail.com 

Jay Moffat, 2730 Fargo Blvd., Geneva, IL 60134, Ph: 630-232-2730 Email jay.e.moffat@gmail.com

Daniel J. Garrett, 2025 Eldorado Ct., Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-845-3043 Email dgarrett@me.com

Robert L. Cabeen, 3616 Ridge Point Dr., Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-232-2272 Email Thecabeens@aol.com

Jeffrey K. DiOrio, 306 Cape Way, Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-232-2970 Email jeff.diorio@gmail.com

Fred A. Dresser, 344 Ashby Ct., Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-845-0405 Email dresserf@yahoo.com

Leslie N. Juby, 316 Peyton St., Geneva, IL 60134 Ph: 630-232-9904 Email lnjuby@aol.com

 

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Dan January 07, 2013 at 05:01 PM
From what I've seen on the Illinois Association of School Boards website and training materials, the first priority of a school board member is fiscal responsibility to the tax payers. While my expertise is municipal bonds, my main concern is fiscal responsibility. All aspects of teaching, curriculum, tools and technology - require a sound, sustainable budget. The budget has expanded rapidly with no increase in student population for the past 4 years. Why? Can we cut expenses, given the projected growth didn't occur? We've built the buildings and incurred the debt, so the increasing debt service is already committed, and will mean cuts & smarter spending elsewhere - or else taxes will spike (not just trend) higher. The key numbers are student enrollment the past 4 yrs is 5900, but taxes are up 35%, debt service rises 60%: $15M to $24M within 3 years, yet we have not heard of a fiscal review of the budget, esp. operations and transportation. Teacher retirements will help the budget - but what are the projections for how much savings? Fiscal responsibility is where I can help us excel - and not just debt structure - in fact, per Bill, Donna, Kelly and Mary - refinancing our debt would cost more upfront than we'd save in payments. We have been spending/budgeting for 10% growth, but we have 0% growth. We need to modify our planning and priorities to reflect this new reality, adjusting our budget while retaining our quality education strengths.
SuzyQ March 19, 2013 at 04:45 PM
To All Candidates: Are you aware of the Common Core Standards for IL schools and the controversy surrounding them across the United States?
Dan March 19, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Yes, I've addressed common core impacts on patch, Daily Herald and KCChronicle. As I recall, Suzy, you are not a Geneva voter, so I won't waste time answering on this particular thread.
SuzyQ March 19, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Thank you Dan. I am indeed a Geneva voter who is pretty concerned about Common Core curriculum. I will search for your comments.
Dan March 20, 2013 at 02:26 PM
My apologies. Other threads on the teacher contract implied you were outside 304. My full answer to the Daily Herald. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130215/submitted/302159541/ Patch comments have limited space, so here's a summary. DH: What do you think about the shift to the common core standards? How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum? Dan: The common core standards have merit. The lack of foundational knowledge complaint from both colleges and businesses needed to be addressed. The board's role is to encourage and support the administration in creating a curriculum that meets these standards, and stress these are minimums to be enhanced with additional content to challenge our Geneva students. Core does not imply "only" and our students and teachers have proven we perform near the top of the nation in education achievements. I've talked to a few teachers who see implementation challenges. For example, the kindergarten common core adds content and skill practice time, so prioritize and revamp other curriculum to keep a half-day plan or move to a full day for K students? Asking for input from teachers, perhaps through online forums or emails, with questions such as: what's working so far? challenges?, improvements?, what board action would you suggest to streamline or more cost-effectively meet the common core standards?

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