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March 31, 2013

Nine candidates in running for District 118 board

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DANVILLE —

Brown: Establishing and maintaining the educational opportunity for our students is the purpose of the district. But, economic factors must always be considered. At the present time our focus must be directed toward continuing to provide for our students while maintaining the financial integrity of the district.

Carey: Budget: I feel I will be a good person to help the district look at where we are now and where we will be trying to go in the future to provide a quality education for all children. We will need to continue to look for outside funding to help fund important programs. Student achievement: Continue to look at how our students compare with other students across the state and nation. I feel we need to address parent participation in our schools and the preparation of our children before they enter kindergarten. Graduation rate: The district has improved its graduation rate, but we need to continue to seek out those older individuals who have dropped out for whatever reason and offer that population an alternative choice to the difficult GED.

Halloran: Finances/economics: State of Illinois needs to be taken to task to pay its bills and make education a top priority. Transition of administrative leadership: Provide support and knowledge of the school system and community for a smooth change. Changing/fluid demographics and test standard accountability: Supporting the new test standards measuring growth to bring along every student to meet his or her potential.

Henderson: Meeting the diverse needs of students is our greatest mission and our biggest challenge. The staff provides each child with an education to prepare them for today and tomorrow, (but) children come with educational, behavioral, nutritional and medical needs. The district should continue utilizing the strategic planning group recommendations, which provide information on what the community sees as the district’s strengths and weaknesses, to provide direction to the board and meet the district’s challenges. Finances: The district does not have a pending issue because reserves have been accumulated over the past few years. The issue is the lack of revenue promised by the state and federal government. The board needs to review and monitor expenditures. Recruiting/ maintaining a diverse staff: We need to look at prospective students in our community and develop a support network. I have recruited for the district and most individuals want to stay relatively close to their homes and families. We should provide incentives and opportunities to the district’s students so they will return to our community.

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