Cheers! I’m thrilled to announce my candidacy for the April 7, 2009 grade school board election with running mates Tim Goodwin, Karen Siston, and Al Malley. Together, we hope to unseat the four incumbents running and lead District 113A in a new direction.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is one of my favorite quotes. Ghandi’s wisdom inspires me to get involved. As a former full-time teacher who is now a stay-at-home mother of five children, I know the important role parents and teachers play in a child’s life.
Volunteering for the school board is a great way to be a part of the solution. Providing the best education reaps rewards not only for our children, but also for our community.
This is an important election. Eight candidates are vying for four seats. Four vacancies on a seven-member board offer the opportunity of the majority vote on important issues facing our schools today.
Recently, my running mates and I took action to correct a ballot error. The problem occurred when school officials failed to post the two-year unexpired term. February 23, 2009, “Vote for 3” with a Board appointed fourth member was rejected in court. A federal judge ruled in our favor. Voters will now decide all four seats at the April 7 election. The ruling set a precedent for voters’ rights in elections nationwide.
I’m motivated to make a difference in education. As founder and president of the non-profit group Vision First Foundation, children’s welfare is a priority to me. I authored and ensured the passage of an Illinois PTA resolution, amendment to the National PTA Position Statement Elements of Comprehensive Health Programs, and the Illinois Association of School Boards Belief Statement Number Twelve. I’m also the parent behind Illinois’ two recent laws for children’s eye exams and America’s leading advocate for children’s vision at Janet’s Journal.
Effective school boards are fiscally responsible and transparent. This is the largest issue facing the District 113A Board. My running mates and I will stop deficit spending and restore efficiency with our tax dollars. We will also set district policies that support transparency in government, accountability, and the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
I’m passionate about leading our school district to be one of the best in the area and in Illinois. My extensive experience and background as an educator, parent, and advocate will be an asset to a school board. I will work hard for the benefit of all.
Together, my running mates and I will connect with the community and bring renewed openness, integrity, and trust to the district.
I will continue to be a strong voice for high standards, responsible government, and solid quality programs for our students.
I encourage you to learn all you can about your school board candidates and vote for the people who will best represent you.
Your vote counts and can make a difference!
Thank you for your support of our candidacy.
My running mates and I look forward to serving our community as Lemont-Bromberek CSD 113A Board of Education members.
Please visit our website at: Reaching the Stars for our Children and Schools.
Lemont’s winning school board picks,
We’re on the ballot as third through sixth.
Change we need to make our schools great,
Vote April 7th. Vote center and straight!
Vote for 4
3. Janet Hughes
4. Timothy L. Goodwin
5. Karen Siston
6. Al Malley
Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. —Anonymous
Lemont-Bromberek CSD 113A is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Each member is an elected official who serves a four-year term of office or is appointed when a vacant seat occurs. School board elections are held in the spring of each odd calendar year.
The purpose of the board is to set and monitor the school district budget, review and amend district policies, and hire the district superintendent.