Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Wednesday Journal sent out to all candidates running in this year's elections.
Profession: Government Relations
Years lived in River Forest: 18
Spouse, if applicable: Derrick Peavy
Do you have children in D90 schools? How many and what ages? Two – 13 and 10
Have you ever run for or served in a local political office before? If so, when and which office? No
If you are not currently on the school board, how many school board meetings have you attended in the last year?
Not currently on the school board; attended 4 meetings
Why are you running for this office?
I am running for this office to positively affect the lives of the students and their parents, the economic well-being of the community, and the livelihood of the district employees.
What do you think are the three biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
- New Curriculum: District 90 is preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative, one of the most important changes to occur in education in recent decades. This will be a challenge to the school board to ensure teachers have the right tools and parents have accurate information so students can learn.
- Successful Students: While implementing this new curriculum, the school board needs to make certain that the district is living up to its mission of delivering excellence in education through an unwavering commitment to the whole child. This means educating our children to not just do well on standardized tests, but to become well-balanced, successful citizens.
- Fiscal Responsibility: All of this must be done while maintaining a balance between an outstanding school district and fiscal responsibility so that both families with children in the district as well as residents who do not have children in the district are protected, especially in light of the fact that the Illinois pension system is over $80 billion in debt.
What skills/talents do you have that would enable you to deal with those challenges?
In working on the Issues Development Staff of the Illinois House of Representatives, I served as a staff liaison for the Illinois House Education Committee. This job allowed me to deal successfully with elected officials and gain a distinctive insight into the public education system of Illinois. In addition, my work in government relations and volunteer experience as Lincoln School POT president have provided me with the following skills:
- Organizational skills
- Knowledge of the schools and the community
- Working knowledge of creating and following organizational budgets
If elected, what are three goals that you have for the next four years?
- Advance the success of every child District 90 by ensuring they all have access to 1) high quality educational programming, 2) technology; and 3) facilities that meet the needs of the staff, students and the community; all while maintaining a strong commitment to fiscal integrity.
- Promote understanding among all stakeholders through open communication and active community involvement.
- Retain the high-performing staff currently in place that foster individual student achievement, and, when necessary recruit and develop new staff to do the same.
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