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March 31, 2013

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DANVILLE —

Woodrow: The three most pressing issues are financial security, student achievement at Danville High School and student safety. We are in uncharted territory with the current state budget crisis. However, the first step here in Danville is to bring the board of education and Danville Education Association to the table and have healthy collaboration. Both sides are responsible for the current breakdown in communication and must put the student first and begin discussion. Morale is low throughout the district and impacting student learning. It is time for both groups to communicate honestly to the public without spin. Student safety will always be the greatest issue. Although the district is doing a fine job, we must constantly work to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff.

Young: Three issues are finances, maintaining academic excellence and keeping technology current, and maintaining buildings and other facilities. The district faces a “perfect storm:” less state revenue, lower property values, less federal assistance, high unemployment and rising prices. We must use current income to cover current expenses. We cannot continue to increase expenses, expecting reserves to cover them. We must downsize in a responsible manner so as not to affect students. When the economy turns around and our community recovers, so will school finances. Each student learns differently, and we must tailor teaching to the way students learn. We must set standards for each grade and allow no student to move to the next level without achieving and mastering each level. The student may need to attend after school or summer school programs before advancing to the next level. The South View, North Ridge and soon East Park renovations have positively affected students in the district. We still have old buildings that we need to address and will aggressively address those as money becomes available.

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