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March 31, 2013

Nine candidates in running for District 118 board

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Henderson: The district needs to maintain a strong curriculum, a high quality teaching staff and after school/extracurricular programs to keep students engaged. If further cuts are necessary, the administration will have a difficult time making recommendations to the board of education. A review of the efficacy of the current programs would need to be made to determine the effectiveness of the program versus the cost. It is most important to keep further reductions away from impacting student learning. Prior to major reductions, I would encourage the opportunity for stakeholders in our community to participate in open forums to express their ideas.

Hilleary: Our number one priority is to prepare students for life after high school. That preparation should not only be for the work place but also for further education. Not all of our students will be going to college. We are currently working with DACC with certain coursework that assists students in job readiness. The biggest challenge is to do this in a fiscally responsible way. If further cuts need to be made, the goal would be to make those cuts as far away from instruction as possible. We need to continue to review all the district’s expenditures and make appropriate reductions.

Roth: My priority would be to retain classroom teachers because they are the instruments to attain our educational goals. We would need to look everywhere else for savings, including administrative staff, programs, supplies, etc.

Woodrow: Again, safety and providing a well-rounded education for our students must always be our priorities. If cuts prove to be inevitable, it is our responsibility to look closely at the programs that impact the largest number of students and families and protect them. To identify specific areas without proper data would be irresponsible to name at this time. These cuts would have to be made with careful collaboration between administrators, teachers, students and parents.

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